The miracle of the feeding of the five thousand (Matthew 14:13; Mark 6:32; Luke 9:10; John 6:1) tells us that crowds of people left the towns and followed Jesus on foot to a lonely place. When evening came, the disciples were all for sending the people away to trek to the nearest villages to buy themselves some food, but Jesus refused to turn them away hungry and he provided them with as much food as they wanted.
Those people left the safety of the towns, where food and shelter were guaranteed, in search of the one they believed could help them. If we want God to help us, we have to believe – as those people did. We need to leave behind our old ways that are familiar and therefore feel safe, and move forward, with faith, into new ways of thinking and acting, with no guarantee of how things will turn out.
When evening came and hunger set in, those people may have begun to regret having ventured on that journey. When we embark on our spiritual journey, we too, at times, may suffer some discomfort and begin to regret having started, but when we trust in God we will never be turned away spiritually hungry.
Someone once said there is no such thing as a coincidence, just small miracles when God chooses to remain anonymous. Miracles often come in a way we least expect and can be seen by those who trust in God.
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