The thought runs through my mind…what
if the boy hadn’t been willing to share his lunch! (John chapter 6). It would only be sensible for a lad to say that
what he had, wouldn’t even be enough for one grown-up. And besides, his Mom had made it for him. And speaking of Mom,
was she the only one of five-thousand men plus women and children…the only one to plan ahead? And how was it that
he was there alone, without either parent.
that period in history was a hap-hazard time, so it may not have been unusual for families to be loosely knit. Even when
I was small, it was understood that "children are to be seen, and not heard." And the grown-ups were served first,
and if there has been that much difference from my youth to now, how much did things change in the 2,000 years since Christ
was here on earth, until now!
there were schools for children, I’m sure there were no rules about attendance. Again, when I was a child during the
Great Depression in this country, it wasn’t unusual for a child to quit school as soon as he or she was old enough to
work. My wife won’t mind my telling you that she and her older brother worked before school each morning, in a restaurant
where she said she stood on something to be tall enough to wash dishes!
So the boy with five loaves and two fish was on his own, and was the basis for a tremendous miracle. And
twelve baskets of leftovers when Jesus had fed all! And my mind wanders again…could those leftovers have been the
next meal of Christ’s disciples? They wouldn’t have thrown away even part of a miracle!
It may well have been, because there were times when Jesus Himself
had no place to lay his head. He Himself said, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man
hath not where to lay His head." (Luke 9:58). And remember the time He and the Apostles were going through a corn field,
and they pulled ears of corn and ate from them (Matthew 12:1). If you have times
when things are rough, just get closer to Him.