Here is a boy with five small barely loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many? — Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. John 6:9,11
In this Scripture Jesus feeds 5,000 with a small lunch. It was recently pointed out to me that there was probably a mom behind that lunch. As a mom of six, this thought has given me much to ponder.
This boys mom probably made his lunch everyday not to mention his breakfast and dinner too. It was just her daily routine. She probably read him the Scriptures every morning after: pulling him out of bed – after those 10 times of reminding him it was time to get up hadn’t worked; asking him to make his bed 3 times; to get dressed 2 and to bring his clothes to the hamper 9! But it was worth it to get him to the breakfast table on time to read the Word together before departing for the days demands.
“The mom behind the lunch” probably prayed without ceasing (often long hours into the night) for her son to know the love of the Father, to grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man. This mom loved so deeply yet probably pretty often wondered if what she did really mattered at all.
But God saw this mom’s heart and her devotion to Him. He noticed every time she put others needs before her own, He treasured every prayer and kept each tear she shed. He noticed, and it mattered to Him. Even though she couldn’t see it, God was watering all the “seeds” she tenderly and lovingly planted with her life.
So one day that little boy felt a tug at his heart to take the long way to the field… God answering that moms prayers to guide her sons feet in the way he should go. Something in the boys heart was stirred when he saw Jesus; when Jesus needed food that boy didn’t run in fear because his mom had read him Duet. 31:6 just that morning over breakfast; Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. That boy stayed and shared his lunch because his mom was always reminding him of Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
That boy had plenty to tell his mom when he got home THAT day… as she made his dinner. I’m sure she was amazed and half wondered if this just might be another one of his entertaining stories but there was something different in his eyes as he told this one. It was as if her son’s heart had been ignited for God, she could practically see him owning his faith! So that night as she lay in bed even though she hadn’t witnessed the feeding of the 5000 herself, she prayed with a heart overflowing with gratitude. “God, I’m grateful you fed 5000 with my sons small lunch because the miracle you caused in my sons heart is answered prayer, I could have no greater joy than to know he is walking in the Truth.” Being this side of heaven she couldn’t hear it yet with her own ears but Jesus squeezed her heart with His presence in that moment and whispered, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
So to all other “moms behind the lunch” don’t grow weary in doing good. He sees you, you matter to Him, what you do matters to Him, and you are loved more than you will ever comprehend. He is doing the mighty miracle of increasing the population of His Kingdom through you – one packed lunch at a time!
God bless you “Mighty Warrior behind the lunch”!
Independent read: Galatians 6:9