WEEK 4: Never Too Young
“’Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’ Jesus said, ‘Have the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.” (John 6:9-11, NIV)
I pack quite an elaborate lunchbox for my toddler to enjoy during snack time at his playschool. It’s filled with various kinds of things – just because I don’t know what he’ll actually feel like eating on a particular day. Of course, I don’t expect him to eat everything I pack, but I don’t want him to be hungry. I do, however, expect him to share with his friends if there is a need.
One day while I was packing my son’s lunchbox, I thought about the story of the boy who had two fish and five loaves in his “lunchbox”. I was wondering how old he was and tried to imagine how it came about that he was also part of the crowd listening to Jesus on the day that He fed all those people. I pictured the boy’s mother packing him lunch just before he ran out of the house, excited to see Jesus of whom he had heard so much.
Of all the people in the crowd that day, a little boy and his lunch would be instrumental in Jesus’ hands and would feed the whole crowd.
We should teach our children that they’re never too young to be used by God – they only need to be a follower of Jesus and to offer what they have.