I remember the first time in my life that I was aware of receiving a miracle from the Lord.
I was only five or six years old.
I really enjoyed checking my mom and dad’s drawers and playing around, discovering what was in them, and deciphering what the objects were.
My mom was pretty tolerant of that habit, even though my dad didn’t like it at all.
Despite that, I can still hear my mom’s voice saying, “One of these days you’re going to leave one of the drawers locked, and we’re not going to be able to open it because the keys are going to be lost.”
The truth is that too often moms predict the future.
And this time was no exception.
My mom had a wardrobe in her room.
It averaged something like 1.7 meters high and about two meters long.
It was of a light brown color and with clover shapes carved into the two side doors.
In the top center of the furniture was a drawer that had a door where she kept her most valuable belongings.
And guess what was my favorite drawer?
And guess what drawer one day was stuck with the keys inside.
How do you lock a drawer of those with the keys inside?
To date, after more than twenty years, I have not been able to find the answer.
The truth is that this was the case.
My mom arrived at night.
Obviously, I wasn’t going to tell myself.
But she immediately noticed and said:
//Please read with accent and type of Latin mom’s voice to understand the seriousness of the matter//
“Until you locked it.
I don’t know how you’re going to do it, but you open that drawer for me before I get to work tomorrow, or I will punish you for being disobedient!
And woe to you that you damage the veneer in the drawer!”.
That’s right, I couldn’t damage the veneer in the drawer.
What does a child who had neither Google nor YouTube at that time, much less knowledge of locksmithing in the face of such a problem?
You can do nothing but plead with God for a miracle.
I still remember that during that day, I would often kneel by my mom’s bed to pray.
I did so with such faith and with such certainty that I am now overcome with nostalgia to see how as adults it is so hard to believe that God can work.
So after praying several times, I started trying to solve the problem with the means I had.
I tried to open the veneer with knives, scissors, wires, and more prayer.
Somehow I saw a strap of my mom in the room and I remember thinking that with the buckle pin maybe I could open it.
Obviously, the pin was too thick to go through the lock and after struggling for a while never went in.
At that moment about to cry I fell to my knees and told God to open that drawer, or they were going to punish me, that I knew He could do it.
Guess what happened next.
I got up, I took the strap and with the buckle pin, I tried once more.
Against all odds of physics and science, the pin entered the keyhole and immediately turned around and opened the drawer.
I pulled the pin out of the buckle immediately and opened the drawer door.
There were the blessed keys.
At night, my mother arrived and when she asked how I had opened it, I tried to show her that with the pin of the belt buckle it could be opened.
Only to be snapped because this never again in life came back in.
How much we needed to learn from the children’s faith, there was not a single doubt in me that God could work.
Not in vain does scripture say that we need to be like them to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Today’s bible story is found in the gospels and also involves a child and a miracle.
Through it, we will address the subject of today:
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”
He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
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 6:5-9, 11
There are several things we can learn from this story and mine about what to do if you need a miracle.
The first is that the Lord Jesus cares about our needs.
Notice that the scripture says that:
“When Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd approaching him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, for them to eat?”
Isn’t the Lord Jesus beautiful?
Not only was he interested in giving these people the bread of life, but he was also concerned that they would receive the daily bread.
Constantly throughout his life on this earth, he became interested in supplying the need of the people who sought him.
Both their physical, emotional and above all, spiritual needs.
Fear not, or think that the problem you are going through is indifferent to Jesus.
Understand and believe that He is genuinely interested in giving you the best.
No problem is too small or too big to take to the Lord.
I knew this as a child and that is why I also brought my problem to Him.
The second thing we can learn from this story is that the Lord expects us to see the solution in Him when it seems impossible to work it for ourselves.
The scripture says that:
(…) he said to Philip, “Where will we buy bread, for them to eat?”
But he said this to put him to the test, because he already knew what he was about to do.
Philip replied, “Not even two hundred days’ salary would be enough for each of them to receive a little bread.”
Philip made a mistake of logic that those of us who love the Lord should never allow ourselves to make.
Philip did not seek the solution to the challenge or problem in Jesus, but declared that it was impossible to solve the problem and gave up immediately.
His answer must have been something like:
“Not even two hundred days’ salary would be enough for each of them to receive a little bread.
It is necessary for your lord to work a miracle.”
But that was not the case.
He simply thought it wasn’t within the group’s means, including Jesus’ solving that problem.
There is nothing impossible for God.
When something is not possible for you, set your eyes on Jesus.
The third thing we can learn from this story is that we must do our part and put those efforts at the Lord’s feet so that He can do his own.
The scripture says that:
Andrew, who was Simon Peter’s brother and one of his disciples, told him, “Here is a child, who has five loaves of bread and two small fish; but what is this for so many people?”
Far above Philip’s attitude, I love the attitude of Andrew and the child.
The boy was probably nearby and heard that Jesus needed to feed that great crowd and dared to put the little and insignificant he had at the feet of the Lord.
He dared to do his part, to contribute what he could contribute even if it did not seem that this would make a difference because he understood that a miracle also lies in the union of human effort with divine power.
Andrew’s attitude was also commendable, although he knew it was insignificant, it did not stop the boy from helping.
On the contrary, he himself took the child with his loaves and fishes in the presence of Jesus because he understood that Jesus could do extraordinary things with small things.
So even though humanly It wasn’t going to make any difference, I knew the difference was made by Jesus.
A fourth lesson we can draw from this story is that once we do our part, we must let Jesus do his part, and that is where the miracle will happen.
The scripture says that:
Jesus took those loaves, and after giving thanks he distributed them among the disciples, and the disciples among those who were lying down.
He did the same with the fish, and gave them everything they wanted.”
That day with only five loaves and two fish ate many more than five thousand people.
That happens when we put our trust and our efforts at the feet of Jesus.
Regardless of what your circumstance is, trust that Jesus is interested in your need.
Set your sights on Him as the one who can fix it.
Put your best efforts at the feet of Jesus even if they don’t seem to make any difference, and wait in faith for the miracle.
Tell us about one of those many miracles the Lord has worked in your life. Tell us about the miracle you are working on or the miracle you expect. For this, leave us a comment. We’ll be happy to read it.