A Half Eaten Cookie, Two Loaves and Five Fishes

Posted: 22 July, 2008 in Ponderings
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A Half Eaten Cookie, Two Loaves and Five Fishes - My Cookie..

Have you ever had such an experience:  A very young child who is having a real good time with something, say eating a large cookie; you approached and teasingly asked for that very thing he is so enjoying himself with. Although there was some struggle initally but after much “deliberation”, this young beautiful child finally decided (maybe with a slight tinkle of sadness) to give his half-eaten wet mushy cookie to you, smiling nevertheless.

At that moment, like a deep warm river running through your heart, you want to rain down all your hugs and kisses on this little fellow. Beyond that, you want to open up your storage room and pour out all the goodies on him. You then glowed at his inital daze; and thereafter seeing the child’s eyes lit up in amazement and excitment.

Many times, I feel like that child.

“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:9-11 

We sometimes are contented with what we are, what we have, what we think is best. We may just ask God for a cookie, we know we will not get a stone but we only think we will get a cookie. When we get that cookie, we are obviously contented. However, the key phase here: how much more. You will see this key repeating all over the gospel. Jesus is revealing the very heart of God, the God of how much more! If we fallen beings know how to give good gifts, then HOW MUCH MORE will the Father give GOOD GIFTS. We cannot compare our good gifts to our Father’s good gifts, they are not on the same plane.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

In Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand, a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish came forward. He has been given the five loaves and two fishes by his family for his own consumption. But when the need arises, he gave all he has and with that Jesus performed a great miracle that thousands of people are fed. From the boy’s perspective, whether he chose to surrender his lunch or not, he will not go hungry that day. He may feel good to be part of that miracle, but he probably thought that will be his only gain. However, Jesus has bigger plans.

A Half Eaten Cookie, Two Loaves and Five Fishes, boy with bread, Madagascar

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.  John 6:12-13  So where are the leftovers they have collected? Why didn’t Jesus made just enough? Why the oversupply? While it is not mentioned in the bible, I believe the miracle did not stop after everyone was fed. The miracle was greater because there was a finale: the boy got all the leftovers!

The young boy gave his only lunch, but God open His storage room and poured out; enough to feed his family for weeks. That’s our God of how much more!

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