“Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration. Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”
“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.” John 6:3-13
There are no impossible situations with Jesus! With God, all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26) I love that the scripture says that Jesus was testing Philip, “for he already knew what he was going to do.” I also love that Jesus wanted to feed the people who were “looking for” (some translation say “following”) him. In other words, Jesus wanted to feed his followers and he already knew how he was going to do it. The disciples had no clue and the little food within reach was no match for the need (that Jesus wanted to provide). They had not quite grasped the idea of “walk by faith not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Sound familiar?
If you haven’t noticed, Jesus usually has plans for his followers that look impossible to an earthly mind. And it doesn’t stop there. He’ll reveal his plans and then in his own way (sometimes silence) will ask, “How we gone do this?” OK, he probably doesn’t say it like that, but you get my point. Poor Philip said, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them.” That really makes me laugh out loud (hysterically), despite the fact that I am guilty of the same thing. Yes, I laugh at myself too, eventually. But it’s funny isn’t it? How we spend so much time trying to wrap our heads around or even bring to fruition plans that originate from Jesus. Plans that are completely out of our league. Even funnier (or maybe not) is that Jesus isn’t actually looking for or expecting us to understand or make his plans happen. He simply wants us to trust that he can and he will.
Don’t you just love Jesus? I do!
Bride of Christ, rest in your Lord! Rest! The plans that he has for you and have even revealed to you he will make happen. You do not need to think or work yourself tired trying to do it yourself. If he’s revealed it, he wants to do it, and he already knows how he will. Only believe.