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“Then he instructed the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds” (Matthew 14:19, New English Translation).

Matthew 14:13-21 relates the familiar story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five small loaves of bread and two little fish. We may even consider this a “kid’s story” because we learned it as a child in Sunday school. While it teaches a great lesson for children, it also holds some important truths for us big kids.

This new teacher spoke words like nothing they had heard before. Stories of miracles He performed spread from one to another.  No wonder crowds followed Him across the countryside. On this particular day, the crowd was large—5000 men plus women and children—and the people lingered, even as the day grew late. There were no options for them to get a quick meal—no fast-food hamburger, deli sandwich, or even a gas station hot dog. The disciples said, “Look, Jesus. It’s late, everyone’s hungry, and we’re in an isolated place here. We’d better send everyone away so they can go buy something to eat.”

In Their Hands

The disciples did not expect Jesus’ response. “They don’t need to leave. You can give them something to eat.” What? They had already looked for alternatives, but all they’d found was a little bread and a couple small fish. That wasn’t enough for this crowd. But it was when blessed by the Lord. The bread and fish went from His hand to theirs, and from theirs to the multitude. The disciples became part of the miracle when Jesus placed the food in their hands to distribute.

When I look at everything happening that day—the multitudes, the barren surroundings, the need, the sacrifice of one—there’s one thing that stands out. Jesus involved the disciples in making the miracle happen. At first, they didn’t see the possibilities. They only saw the impossibility of the situation. Then Jesus put the bread and the fish in their hands and used them to feed the masses.

What Do You See?

There may be times when we only see impossibilities. The work God has called us to do seems so great, and the resources we have seem so small. Yet, it’s not what our eyes can see; it’s what He has blessed and placed in our hands. We become part of the miracle when we allow God to use us. Every believer is empowered to do the miraculous.

“I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12, New English Translation).

Hold out your hand. God wants to use you to fulfill His work on earth. If He calls you, He will also equip you to do greater deeds than you can even imagine.

Prayer: Lord, help me to look beyond what seems an impossibility and grasp hold of Your promises for the miraculous. I realize that all power comes from You, but with Your blessing upon my life, I can do great things for Your kingdom.

 

“In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 1 Samuel 1:10-11, NIV.  

Desperation and Faith

Like Hannah’s moving prayer, my life began with desperation and faith.

My mother received news from the doctor that her body had a condition that would prevent her from conceiving another child. Her heart was shattered into innumerable pieces as her dream of having another baby crumbled into the abyss of hopelessness.

Something began to shift in my mom’s heart—she began to speak faith. The word of God is replete with abounding promises and miracles, so she decided to declare certain scriptures in prayer. She reminded God of His promises to women of faith, such as Sarah and Hannah.

Envisioning Faith

She would envision being pregnant by putting a pillow underneath her blouse while looking at herself in the mirror, pretending to be healed and with a child forming in her womb. This may sound silly to someone who has never walked the road of infertility—but to someone who is desperate for a child—this was an act of sheer faith.

For eight long years she invested a wealth of prayers and tears into the ether of the supernatural realm, not knowing the outcome, but pressing onto her promise. And, for eight long years she fought a war between doubt and faith and battled between hope and hopelessness.

Broken, my mom walked into church yet again, with a silent cry of her heart beating for a child. The evangelist, without knowing her situation, walked up to my mom during service. He placed his hand on her forehead and said, “There is new blood flowing through your veins, be healed in Jesus name.”

Fulfilled Faith

That night my mother was healed completely.

Nine months later, I was born.

My mother learned that God may send barrenness our way to cause us to trust completely in Him.

There might be an impossible situation that you are facing right now and you have been weeping bitterly before God. You’re heart may feel like it’s in a million pieces, but remember this:

Miracles operate in the realm of impossibility.

There is hope.

Prayer: Lord, I have an impossible need in my life right now and I have pleaded for your provision but I am still waiting on You to answer my prayers. My heart grieves as I wait on You and I do not understand what is taking so long. Help me to trust You, regardless of how You decide to answer my prayers. I know that You can do anything and I choose to believe in the impossible.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11, KJV.

Have you ever read a scripture that evokes a question that you have been trying to avoid? The above verse encourages me to think about the state-of-mind I was in when God saved me. I was a broken, confused, and lost teenager. I oftentimes forget that I did not grow up in church, because my past is far removed from me.

There are certain years of my life I have hidden under the guise of present joys and successes. I have convinced myself that some of my experiences are insignificant and useless.

However, the forgotten chapters of my life, and yours, are valuable—they are pieces of our testimony.

Searching through the debris of our past will excavate the chapters of our lives we have thrown away. But more than anything in this world, I desire to find God in the most painful moments of my life, and discover that He was there with me. If God wasn’t with me in those dark moments, then I would not be where I am now. Without Him I wouldn’t have endured, overcome, and grown.

You have an incredible story—it may be titled, “My Life: The Up’s, The Down’s, and the In-betweens,” but it is your life’s work of how you found God. It is your testimony of what God has done for you and your family. And, it is a storyline riveting with impossible situations and miraculous miracles.

Your forgotten chapters can be used as a tool to bring healing and restoration into this world. You and I can both change the trajectory of someone’s life by sharing our experiences. Together, we can share our testimony when our adversary attempts to discourage us.

Your forgotten chapters are important. Yes, some pages may be red, covered by the blood of Jesus, but that is the power of your testimony—forgiveness, deliverance, salvation, hope, legacy, and eternal life.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to share my story with the intention to edify and empower other people. I believe that there can be purpose though my pain. I desire to be an overcomer and a person who combats the enemy with the influence of my testimony, because it is through my past that I can share the power of the blood You shed for me on Calvary. Thank you, Jesus.