You can’t fit ministry into a box. The opportunity to bring heaven comes at the most inconvenient, unplanned and unprepared times. That’s difficult for a structured, “have my whole day planned out” person like me!
The feeding of the five thousand is a perfect example. The event is recorded in every gospel (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15). There is much to the story but I want to lay out a principle for your consideration.
“The greatest miracles await us on the other side of inconvenience.”
We have the privilege of knowing the end of every Bible event, but the disciples didn’t. Jesus did things at the most inconvenient times, but He only did what He saw the Father do.
Feeding of the
John the Baptist is just beheaded. Jesus is grieving. The disciples are tired from a long ministry trip. They all need a quiet place to rest and regroup. So they get in a boat and travel to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
The crowds see Jesus step into the boat and follow him around the lake to the other side. It isn’t a few hundred people either. By the time Jesus and His disciples arrive on the other side of the lake, the numbers of people swell to over ten thousand, probably more! This number includes men, women, and children.
That was not encouraging to see, especially since the point of the trip was to rest!
Can the timing be any worse?
You Feed Them
Jesus sees the crowd, has compassion for them and welcomes them! The disciples have seen this before. It’s going to be a long day.
Jesus spends the entire day speaking to the massive crowd about the Kingdom of God and then heals those who are sick. That, in and of itself, must have been exhausting.
The day ends with 10,000 starving people and no food in sight.
The disciples determined that they have done enough ministry and church service is now over. Time for everyone to leave and go home.
They tell Jesus to send the crowd away. This sounds reasonable, practical and even responsible.
Jesus disagrees. “Don’t send the people away. You feed them.”
I can only imagine the disciples saying, “What? Haha, good one, Jesus. The best joke of the day. You can’t be serious?”
Jesus responds, “No really, YOU feed them.”
What do you do when the Lord requires you to meet a need WAY beyond what is convenient, feasible or possible? When we are the most tired, and life is hitting us the hardest.
Miracles Happen on the Side Inconvenience.
We know how this story ends; over 10,000 people are fed with two fish and five loaves of bread. Everyone leaves with joy, having their spirits, hearts, and stomachs filled.
For Jesus and the disciples, what started as a day for rest, turns into revival.
Sometimes the greatest miracles await us when we feel the most inconvenienced. When we think we don’t have it physically, emotionally or spiritually. When things don’t go as planned and we have no faith for the moment.
The disciples learned something that day. The supernatural can come at the most inconvenient times.
“Inconvenience attracts miracles.”
As Christ’s Ekklesia, look for opportunities to serve others and meet needs. Respond to the Father, even when you feel you have nothing in the tank.
When you sense the Lord speaking to you, requiring more than you think is humanly possible, reasonable, feasible, or convenient; do it. Offer Him what you have, it might be just two pieces of fish and some bread and see how He partners with you to release heaven and change lives.
Do you have a biblical for or personal example of God using you or others in the most inconvenient time and seeing the Lord show up? Add your comments below.