“Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.” John 6:11
All year, my Impact Club group was brainstorming a way to help the homeless of Grenoble. Throughout the year, we had come up with many different ideas. Finally, it was decided that we would compile little baggies of food and distribute them the following Wednesday at our next Impact Club.
The next club, we were blessed with the most beautiful weather. It had been raining all week, and so I was praying for a weather miracle (it was the only day it didn’t rain)! We assembled our baggies and headed out. My group targeted an area in the center of town. I had lovingly told my girls that I was there as moral support, a cheerleader without pom-poms, they were the ones who would get to connect with the people we met.
As we started walking towards the first person, I noticed their pace slowed to a crawl. One girl nervously stepped towards the man, and shyly asked if he would like a bag of food. All nervousness vanished when she was met with pure joy from him in response, he gladly took our pack of food and we wandered on, making our way around the city.
By the time we made it back to the club room, we only had two bags of food left, and they were buzzing with excitement. As the kids were leaving, one girl looked at me and said, “I can’t believe how something so small could have such a huge impact!! That was such a great experience!!” I could feel the pride welling up in me.
This day made such an impact on my life. I got the joy to witness my kids move from a place of fear to excitement, and watch them make a difference in the lives of many. They had spent some time worrying that they were not doing something huge, we were only handing out food, what impact could that really have. At the end of the day, I think we all realized we would never know the full extent of the impact, it was far greater than imagined.
I was reminded of the boy, who brings Jesus the five loafs of bread and two small fish. Jesus takes this boy’s small offering and He multiplies it enough times to feed 5000 people. We will never know the full impact of bringing what we have and laying it before Jesus. Somedays I don’t feel overly talented or gifted, I don’t feel funny or brave, but I am making a commitment to bring whatever it is I have, no matter how small I believe it to be, and lay it at the feet of Jesus and leave it to Him to do the multiplying.