When Jesus feeds the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish we of course are in awe at such a miracle. We think of the great power and mercy of the Savior, and the way he tests the disciples by asking them what should be done to feed such a great number of people. What we often overlook, however, (myself included) is the young lad who offered those five loaves and two fish.
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? (John 6:8-9)
Obviously, the lad was willing to offer up what small substance he possessed, and I believe it’s safe to assume the Savior asked the boy’s permission to have his food, as well as thanked the boy graciously for his small offering. And a small donation it was. Five loaves of bread and two fish among five thousand? That would only feed a few of them, if they were going to eat until they were filled.
How are we like the young lad? Well, it’s easy. We can only offer so much. We may have a task at hand, a metaphorical five thousand, and we may only have five loaves and two fish to complete the task. It’s not enough. It’s all we have but it’s just not enough. Thankfully, the Savior can step in for us. He doesn’t expect us to provide for the five thousand. He understands that it’s just too much for us to handle alone. We’re just young children. Butwhat we do have He expects us to offer.
“Give me what you can,” He might say, “and I’ll make up for the rest.” Such is the Atonement of Christ. With Christ, we can help feed the five thousand. The tasks before uscanbe accomplished and miracles can happen. So if you can only offer a little, offer it anyway. Give what you can to Christ and let Him multiply it. You can play a part in a miracle.