Just a Sack Lunch

From “The Jesus Storybook Bible” by Sally Lloyd-Jones

I’ve read the story a lot of times. I read it again just the other day.

It’s a story that Matthew records in his gospel. So do Mark, Luke, and John, but only John tells us whose lunch Jesus transformed into enough for five thousand people.

One young boy had fives loaves and two fishes. That’s the only food the disciples found amongst five thousand people.

I’ve often imagined that young boy, many years later, old and gray, sitting in the midst of his grandchildren, still telling the amazing story of Jesus breaking those loaves and dividing those fish into lunch for 5000 people.

But I’ve never thought about the boy’s mother before. She probably got up that morning and packed him a lunch, something she had most likely done many, many times before. She probably baked the bread. Perhaps she  prepared the fish or bought it dried at the market. Maybe she gathered up leftovers from last night’s dinner to send along with him.

She was doing what mothers do — making sure her boy had something to eat when he got hungry. And what a story he must have told her when he came home later that day! Jesus had fed 5000 people with his lunch! He had taken the fruit of that mama’s loving labor and multiplied it to bless thousands of other people.

The feeding of the five thousand is about much more than a sack lunch packed by a faithful mother. But still, we can be encouraged.

Jesus can take simple, mundane things like packed lunches and lesson plans, helping with homework and opening up the Bible to instruct a child, changing diapers and settling arguments, carpooling and watching Little League games, and He can use them for His glory.

We can’t always see what He is doing. We don’t know what the future holds. But we know He is faithful. Let’s be faithful, too. Let’s give our children our loaves and fish and wait to see what Jesus does with them.

Let’s joyfully persevere in the job He has given us, trusting Him to multiply our labors, expecting Him to do marvelous things.

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  1. Thank you for this post! I often wonder what my part is in doing the Lords work. With being a stay at home, homeschooling mother of 3. I think my work at home is not as important as my husbands, who’s going to school to receive his doctrine for our Lord. He always tells me my job is just as or more important than his. Teaching our little one about The Lord Jesus. But this put it in perspective very nicely. Thank you for all your great posts!!!

  2. Thank you for this! I really needed it this morning. I have prayed often in the last few years for God to bless our “loaves and fishes” for His glory, but I have never thought of the loving work of a mother behind the lunch. I wrestle often with the thought of not doing enough, but what a blessing to see He truly does bless everyday faithfulness and surrender to Him.

  3. What a perspective! Thank you for encouraging us again this morning with a reminder of the Lord’s unfailing faithfulness.

  4. What an encouragement this morning! Thank you!

  5. Thank you so much for this encouraging post!!
    I’m reading the book, “Experiencing God” for a Bible study with my friend, and I often feel that I’m not doing “enough”!
    Thank you for reminding me that homeschooling my 6 children is right where I’m supposed to be!
    God bless you and your family.

  6. This is not a perspective I had thought of regarding this event. It is so encouraging to be reminded that what I may see as just a mundane part of my daily life can be used in ways I never could imagine.

  7. I love this! It can often be a struggle to put an eternal perspective on the every day mundane. Thank you. That was well-written and profound.