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Small beginnings, big results

He asked them: “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” When they found out, they said: “Five – and two fish”. (Mark 6:38)

A simple answer to a very complex problem. There was a crowd of hungry people and a little boy with five loaves of bread and two small fish. The disciples were desperate and tired. They had just returned from an exhausting missionary journey, suffered from sore feet, hunger and were at the end of their strength. Now they were confronted by a crowd of hungry people and it was expected of them to feed the people.

“Lord,” they protested, “must this now really be on our agenda? Is there no alternative? Can the people not use customary practices and buy food at farms and villages? Lord, please just send them away!”

We could take this argument further, a person should surely be more realistic. Note the realities of the situation, the statistics. Do you see what is happening in our own country, and in your own environment, one can add. On the one hand five thousand men, and if you add the women and children, most probably ten to fifteen thousand people gathered in a remote area. On the other hand five loaves of bread and two small fish, the small donation by a little boy. The simplest contribution by the smallest of the small.

I think we all know the powerlessness and despondency of the disciples and of ourselves. Will my simple contribution make a difference? What can we hold onto in 2014 in terms of this miracle? Miracles do not always start with angels descending from heaven. More often than not it life. A miracle does not only happen on one level. Jesus provides in the basic need of these people, appeasing their hunger. Another hunger is also appeased, a hunger for the Bread of Life. When Jesus breaks the bread before their eyes, He also offers Himself as broken, but as the Living Word to them.

In verse 39 it states that a large number of people were sitting in groups on the green grass. Up to now virtually everything that transpired in the gospel of Mark happened in the context of the desert. To Mark, this was a symbol of the way the church is reflected in the world. On a mission and always ill at ease. And here, all of a sudden, people sit on green grass. Do you remember Psalm 23?

This is an image of people whose hunger has been satisfied and an image of the true life – with God. It all started with five loaves and two small fish and a small little boy who brought his little bit to the Lord. Small beginnings result in big gains, big results. It all has to do with your and my willingness to get involved – and, in the first instance, what Jesus does with what we offer.

Greetings from Fourie and everyone at Straatwerk

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