When Jesus got the news [of John the Baptist's death], he slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by himself. But unsuccessfully—someone saw him and the word got around. Soon a lot of people from the nearby villages walked around the lake to where he was. When he saw them coming, he was overcome with pity and healed their sick.
Toward evening the disciples approached him. “We’re out in the country and it’s getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper.”
But Jesus said, “There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper.”
“All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said.
Jesus said, “Bring them here.” Then he had the people sit on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The disciples then gave the food to the congregation. They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand were fed.
Matthew 14:13-21 (The Message translation)
Jesus takes our meager offerings and uses them to perform massive miracles. In his hands, our quirks, interests, and even the qualities about ourselves that our culture views as flaws, are powerful tools.
What are your loaves and fish? What are your resources, talents, and abilities? Do you downplay them and treat them as nothing? Are your skills and experiences a random stew which you can't make sense of? Doesn't matter.
I love superheroes. I am passionate about women's rights and social justice. I really want a dog. I want to travel the world. I am an introvert. For years, I struggled to hold down a job. I like writing and doodling and reading.
These are my loaves and fish. They don't seem like much and it is easy for me to compare my tiny lunch to what looks like a feast on my neighbor's table. I am easily made jealous and I dismiss my own resources. I have often wondered, "How can God use me? Why did he make me so weird? I wish I were more athletic. A better speaker. More confident. More attractive. More intelligent." But this is what I have. This is me. And all Jesus is asking is that I give my life, all the curious odds and ends, to him.
He will bless it and break it and make it something beautiful and fulfilling.