MULTIPLY loaves and fishes
“Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.”
How absurd this story is! How is this even possible? He fed the MULTITUDE with five loaves and two fishes. TWO freaking fishes.
But yet there is this odd, deep-down part of me that totally believes this is true.
So, four years ago, I found myself on a plane with three bags holding everything I owned in the world. I was moving to India, where systemic foster care is just beginning, to start a foster care organization. Talk about insurmountable challenges — like feeding seventy gazillion people!
My first step toward multiplying loaves and fishes here is registering my organization as a charitable trust. What an adventure! Five appointments — so far. But I’ve remained buoyant by counting each “failure” as a seed planted for future success.
Then, the other night, I couldn’t find the key piece of paper. It was close to midnight. A hundred degrees outside. I was exhausted…not feeling well…and in my pajamas.
I locked up the apartment and trooped down two flights of stairs, intending to get on my motorcycle and retrace my route home from work . Suddenly I got an angel message: “Go get your helmet.”
Back up those stairs? No way! Who needs a helmet to ride back roads at midnight? Except…for several years now I’ve orthodox-ly followed EVERY angel message, no matter what.
So I climbed the stairs, unlocked the door, grabbed my helmet, and out fell the piece of paper.
This was hugely meaningful to me. It proved to me that God was listening. Not only did I thank God, I couldn’t help but laugh. I literally said, “Are you freaking kidding me God? Thank you thank you thank you.”
Ian Anand Forber-Pratt, June 2012
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