Let Him Do the Math

We have all gone through seasons when our best plans and efforts have fallen short. However, that shortfall might have been felt in our finances, our health, and even in our relationships.
We can search for answers everywhere, but sometimes the answer to our shortfall is only found in something much greater than the natural resources of human life.
There is an account in the Book of Matthew where Jesus and the disciples encountered a shortfall. Jesus counted five barley loaves and two small fish, yet He judged that He had more than enough to feed five thousand. "They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children"(Matthew 14:20-21).
How could five loaves of barley and two small fish feed a multitude of 5000?
How could such multiplication occur?
We are told that Jesus was moved by compassion when He saw that the people were hungry and in need of food.
Did He fret? Absolutely not!
As He looked toward heaven and thanked God for His provision, the food multiplied right in the presence of the people. This miracle was recorded as being one of the most unforgettable miracles in the Bible.
Maybe you are the recipient of a miracle. You know there are some things that did not add up. On paper, it looked like it would never work. But it did! You know it was a miracle and it cannot be explained.
So the next time you’re faced with a shortfall, don’t hesitate to run to the One who counts a little differently than you do. Let Him do the math and let Him teach you that one plus God equals more than enough.
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at crowcjo@gmail.com