As the day drew to its close the twelve came to [Jesus] and said, “Please dismiss the crowd now so that they can go to the villages and country round about and find some food and shelter, for we’re quite in the wilds here.” A completely sensible thought.
“You give them something to eat!” returned Jesus. A completely insensible response. (Jesus might as well have winked, saying it!) “But we’ve nothing here,” they replied, “except five loaves and two fish, unless you want us to go and buy food for all this crowd?” You can almost see the disciple who spoke these words sweeping his hand toward the people spread across the meadows and hillsides. There were approximately five thousand men there. Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Get them to sit down in groups of about fifty.”
This they did, making them all sit down. Can you imagine how long this must’ve taken? The twelve fanning out across the crowded hillside, saying, “Yeah, we don’t know what He’s thinking, but He wants you all to sit down.” Incredulous, people start to sit down in the tall grass… Then he took the five loaves and the two fish and looked up to Heaven, blessed them, broke them into pieces and passed them to his disciples to serve to the crowds. You always hear people wondering how this process actually looked. I don’t think even the disciples would’ve been able to tell you! They just kept coming back and there was another basketful to take to the next fifty people in the far northwest quadrant of the crowd... Everybody ate and was satisfied. “Satisfied!” Are we satisfied, O Church? Are you satisfied because of the living Jesus, the eternal Savior the Bread of Life Himself? He is our greatest available earthly and heavenly satisfaction! Afterwards they collected twelve baskets full of broken pieces which were left over. Isn’t it wonderful that all twelve disciples doubted Him at the beginning of this account and now all twelve stand there, holding a full basket of bread? That’s the God we serve! A God of abundance! The God who says, “do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about you body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Mt. 6)
Today, no matter what the day holds, no matter how crowded is the outlook of our minds, can we simply trust Him, do what He asks, and rest in His glorious goodness? Can we be those "satisfied" with the satisfaction that is ever available to those who Believe?
May it be so!