“When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?” Mark viii, 19.
At times, we who follow Jesus Christ need a little help from the Master to remember and understand the wonderful miracles He does in our lives. We get easily unsettled and worried about the smallest of our needs even after experiencing God’s wonderful provisions and miraculous interventions.
Jesus and his disciples were sailing across the Sea of Galilee in a boat. Some time before that, they had witnessed a miracle performed by Jesus. He had fed a large crowd of four thousand men with just seven loaves of bread. And yet, when Jesus mentioned the “leaven of Pharisees,” his disciples could not understand him. They displayed their ignorance and lack of faith by discussing among themselves a pressing need they faced. They – thirteen men – did not have any food with them. That’s when Jesus asked them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? … When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?”
Five thousand men, their wives and children ate their fill and were satisfied. But each one did not eat a basket full of bread and fish. When broken bits of bread and fish were gathered together, there were twelve baskets full of food—one basket full for each apostle. Each apostle got much more than what each man in the crowd got. When four thousand men and their kin ate their fill on another occasion, seven baskets full of bread were gathered by the apostles. When Jesus provided for the hungry world, He made sure that his apostles who served tirelessly were not left out. He provided for them too, in good measure. Having seen their Master’s loving care and concern toward them, they should not have worried about being left high and dry without money or bread.
Dear child of God, are you worried about a pressing need? The lack of anything should not cause the slightest disturbance in your mind. Bring your pressing needs to the Master and leave it at his feet. Take a moment to remind yourself about God’s loving and miraculous provisions in the past. Thank Him for past miracles and provision. He sure will provide in good measure. And if you are His servant who tireless serves Him, He has set apart a few “baskets full” of blessings for you. God can always spring a pleasant surprise on you!