Bringing Our Fish and Loaves to Jesus
Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a mom? Oh, that is an understatement, right?! Do you ever wonder how you are going to be enough for your kids who need so much from you? From the first moment we meet our precious little one face to face we fall in love and instinctively want the very best for him or her. We desire to nurture our little one physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We begin to feel the weight of the responsibility of leading this child into its future. All these emotions can happen to us in a matter of moments. I shouldn’t speak this way for all moms, but those were exactly my feelings when I met each of my three babies. The love that welled up in me and poured out was immeasurable, but along with those loving feelings came the feeling of inadequacy. Will I be able to be enough, know enough and do enough to always provide exactly what my children will need?
Maybe you too can relate? Let’s look at a passage in Scripture that may help us with these feelings. Check out John 6:1-14. Take a moment to get out your Bible and read the passage. It’s the well-known story when Jesus feeds the five thousand. Picture the scene in your mind. There were thousands of men, women and children gathering around Jesus that day. He was meeting their needs spiritually with His words and His presence, but they also needed to be fed physically. How could they even begin to feed thousands of people? So, what did Jesus do? He asked one of his disciples, Philip, to come up with a plan. Another disciple, Andrew, chimed in and said, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” (v 9) Then the disciples went to retrieve the small portion of food available, all the boy had, and put it in the hands of Jesus. We know the rest of the story…after giving thanks Jesus was able to feed the five thousand, with food left over. Jesus met the physical needs of thousands of people with just two fish and five loaves of barley. Amazing!
You might be thinking, yes that was one of Jesus’ great miracles, so how does this passage relate to an overwhelmed mom holding her newborn in her arms thinking about the future? Or to a mom raising multiple children who is pondering if she is doing enough to pour into them physically, emotionally, and spiritually? Or even to a mom who is in the thick of the teenage years doing her best, but questioning if her best is enough to prepare them for the real world?
Let’s address those thoughts. There are many truths to take away from this passage, but there is one I have come to love and find rest in as a mom. Let’s look at the boy with the obedient heart who was willing to give what he had to Jesus. Then, what did Jesus do? Jesus Himself filled in the gap between what was given and what was needed. We, as moms, can learn a great deal from this passage. God asks us to have an obedient heart, be willing to give what we have to our role as a mom and trust He will fill in the gap. None of us can parent perfectly, do it all, be it all and ensure our kids will receive enough from us. BUT, we can give our fish and loaves, what little we have, and watch Jesus make what we give, BIGGER, in His hands. Bottom line, we need to parent WITH JESUS.
God invites us as moms to parent with Jesus; to rely on Him, trust Him, walk with Him, day by day. We can rest in God’s sovereign plan, take our daily marching orders from Jesus, and He will take what we give and make it enough for our kids for His plan and His glory. He chose YOU before time began to be the mother of your specific children. He knew in advance they would need someone like YOU. (Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 139:13-16) And when you parent with Jesus with an obedient heart, He works through you to grow your children and you each day to be more like Him. (Philippians 1:6) In the hands of Jesus, you are enough for your kids because you are a child of God, created with a godly purpose as a mother. Let’s not allow the feelings of being overwhelmed to take over our minds and cripple us from taking what little we do have and putting it in the hands of the Almighty God. (Philippians 4:13,19) Invite Jesus into your mothering, give Him your fish and loaves, and rest in Him to make it into enough…with leftovers.