Do you ever feel too small? Like whatever you have is not enough?
As a mama I feel that all the time. My biggest ministry right now is my family and I don’t always feel qualified to do that – Screen Time, Sleep Schedules, Potty Training, Cognitive Development, Feeding, Routines, Social Skills, Discipline…. the list goes on. Who put me in charge of two toddlers again?!?
But in John 6 (verses 1-15) we see Jesus multiplying the small we have to provide in big ways for his ministry. In the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus looked to his disciples and asked them how they were going to feed the crowds. To which they responded “we don’t have nearly enough money to buy them all bread!” In an attempt to solve the problem and look for other ways, Andrew said “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish – but what are they for so many?” (Vs. 9) Then Jesus took the food, gave thanks, and the disciples passed out bread & fish to everyone in attendance who ate until their fill. After all that, there were still twelve baskets leftover filled with food. Jesus took the small offering of a boy willing to give up his lunch, to provide for thousands. More than enough, this was abundance!
Raising tiny humans requires a lot. And the truth is that we only have so much to offer. But the Lord, in His goodness and graciousness, takes what we have to offer and multiplies it. With His help we have more than enough for our families.
The Lord can provide without us but he chooses to use our small offerings to do big things. He chooses to include us in His ministry. So you may be small and you don’t have enough, but a willing offering & open hands can lead to abundance with the Lord.
A Mama’s Prayer
Lord, I offer my hands and my heart to your work today. Multiply these five loaves of bread & two fish to further your ministry. In the big things and little things of daily motherhood, may I seek you first, find strength & peace in you, and be a part of distributing your miracles in this world. The abundance may not be as physical as twelve leftover baskets, but may the fruits of the Spirit overflow in my heart & my home despite what is going on in the world. I don’t have enough on my own, but you have more than enough. Thank you for using me & trusting me with these little lives. May they know you deeply, choose you as their Savior, and be part of the Kingdom work to bring you glory and be a light in the darkness. Amen