Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. - Matthew 14:19b-21
Have you ever noticed how ordinary items become extraordinary in the right hands?
• A basketball in my hands is worth about $19. In Kobe Bryant’s hands its worth over $136 million.
• A paintbrush in my hands is useless. In Monet’s hands, a paintbrush produces masterpieces.
• Two fish and five loaves in my hands make a couple of fish sandwiches. In Jesus’ hands, they feed thousands.
• A nail stuck in my hand would produce needless pain and a resolve never to get in over my head with home maintenance again. But the nails piercing Christ’s hands are an expression of the wisdom of God and His infinite ability to use suffering to redeem the world’s pain.
As with everything else, whose hand the object is in makes all the difference.
What are you holding on to and afraid to give up? Give what you’re holding onto to the One who transforms the ordinary—there’s no telling what He’ll do with it.
“A miracle is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose and nature of miracles. Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive; therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle.” - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.