Jesus looked up and saw the large crowd coming toward him. He asked Philip, “Where will we buy food to feed these people?” Jesus said this to test him, for he already knew what he was going to do.
Philip replied, “More than a half year’s salary worth of food wouldn’t be enough for each person to have even a little bit.”
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, “A youth here has five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that for a crowd like this?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. -John 6:5-11
The next time we hear about Andrew, after he brings Simon Peter to Jesus, Andrew is bringing a youth and his meager offering to Jesus. This seems to be Andrew’s role. Bring people to Jesus. But this time he does it with a less-than-confident introduction. Andrew had drug this poor child to the front of the crowd to talk to the Teacher. Can you imagine being this child, trembling with the loaves and salty fish in hand, standing before Jesus?
Actually, this is how I feel lots of times, like I don’t have anything much to offer, but here I am anyway! And even though Andrew didn’t think much about what the child had to offer either, he did bring him. He brought him! So sometimes our prayers sound like, “Here I am, Lord. I don’t know why I’m here or what you could possibly want with me, but here I am.”
Then Jesus tells everyone to be seated, to, as we would say, “Chill.” And he takes what is offered, and makes a beautiful feast out of it. Oh how good our God is, and how grateful we are for anyone who brings us before God as we are.
Here I am, Lord. I don’t know why I’m here or what you could possibly want with me, but here I am!
Pray for a “lost cause” today, a person or situation where you think there’s no hope. Why not, like Andrew, bring this before Jesus?
Ask your child(children) to pick one ingredient to use for making supper. Let them help you make supper and use that ingredient somehow!