This is going to be short, but I've been thinking about something that I just want to get down. It revolves around the story of the Feeding of the 5000.
Short tangent: I gave my daughter a new Bible Story Book for Easter. On the cover is a cartoony Noah and the Ark. Why? This is not a kid's story. The feeding of the 5000 would be better. What a great empowering story for kids. And about food, who doesn't like food?
So there is a miracle in the Feeding story, but I don't think it is about how Jesus made more bread out of just a little bit. I think the miracle is that Jesus changed people's hearts, so that they shared what they had hidden away.
When we read it as Jesus made the bread we don't put ourselves in the story. It is just a nice thing Jesus did Ok, God cares about our needs. But! If the miracle is about changed hearts, we are right there! I can start to imagine myself surrounded by hungry people knowing I have something to share. The great miracle that my heart can be changed becomes real.
I could use some change of heart. I can relate to this miracle. I don't always want it, but that is why it is a change of heart done by God and not me.