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Five Loaves, Two Fishes, And A Porch Swing

Matthew 13-21 esv

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

One of my favorite Bible stories as a child is the story of Jesus feeding the five  thousand.  Always this has been a lesson to me about trust. My grandmother, a precious child of God, told me this story while sitting in  her porch swing eating  those yummy candy orange slices. She said all those people sat down and just trusted Jesus to provide for them. 

That story from my Grannie often comes to mind. How familiar those circumstances are  today.  We just must trust our loving Lord for our tomorrows. That childhood lesson
teaches me to  patiently wait for God working in my life.

 We, however, as followers must also reach out to those in need. My Grannie did not have much, but as a school cafeteria worker, she would pay for children's lunches if they did not have the money.  if God has provided for us, then we must in kind, provide what we can for others.

I learned much from my Grannie on that porch swing. She made the Bible come alive those evenings swinging on her porch. I learned that God has answers for us. We  must be quiet  and listen for God's answers.