Feeding the 5,000

It’s not every day that we see God feed 5,000. In fact, despite the fact that you may believe that story, you’ve probably never seen that done. Me neither, well, not for 5,000….

It was a Wednesday evening, probably 5 years ago or so. We had scheduled a Wednesday Night meal for church members, as a Youth Fundraiser. It was a simple plan, prepare spaghetti for just about 50-60 members or so. Well, unfortunately, as things would have it, the water didn’t boil fast enough, and by 4:45, we realized that we would not have enough spaghetti ready in 15 minutes for the adults, who had already begun to gather prior to the 5:00 planned meal time. What could we do?

We essentially had no option (we thought), except to tell the adults that the meal would not be ready on-time. In the meantime, we continued to plan the rest of the meal, getting the bread on the table, the sauces in the buffet line, and so on. And then it came time for the moment of truth – the pasta.

As I took the first (and only) pot of cooked spaghetti and emptied it into the large bowl, I noticed that the amount seemed to grow exponentially. I don’t know how to explain it (other than God) that this measly little stock pot had miraculously overfilled a commercial sized serving pan. If I remember correctly, we had emptied 2-3 boxes of pasta into the stock pot, but as I poured the pasta into the pan, the heaping mound grew larger and larger, enough to feed practically everyone in line. In the meantime, we had plenty of time to fix the remaining pasta needed, and had several boxes of pasta left over.

In a moment of what we believed was a crisis, God had shown us first hand that the feeding of the 5,000 is still possible today (even if it wasn’t quite as many people). It goes to show, that God is still in the business of miracles.

FYI – the scripture referring to the original Feeding 5,000 miracle can be found in Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-15.

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