John spoke this morning at Cherry Tree Court about the greatest picnic ever, the feeding of the five thousand (recorded in all four gospels.) We know from John’s Gospel that a young boy offered his own food to Jesus when the disciples were debating where they could possibly get enough food (or money!) to feed the crowd (which numbered five thousand men, not counting women or children.) Jesus knew what He was going to do before He even spoke to the disciples about it and could obviously have used any means whatsoever to feed the crowd (after all, God had fed a nation for forty years by providing miraculous manna from heaven), but He chose to use someone who was prepared to give something to Him.
God can do so much with whatever we give Him. He is looking for people willing to give Him what they have got and then He can make our little into something amazing.
The picnic was unexpected to the rest of the people (who possibly had had no intention of staying all day listening to Jesus but who found that no one had ever spoken like Him and were fascinated by Him.) It was unusual, in that the five loaves and two fishes went far beyond normal picnic fare: everyone ate and was satisfied and there were twelve baskets of leftovers! It was unbelievable: a miracle being enacted in front of people’s very eyes!
It doesn’t matter what we have, how small or insignificant it seems to us. When we give it to God, He can do something unexpected, unusual and unbelievable with all we give Him too!