John 6:9

There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?


I want to share a story with you that I love to read when the enemy says that there is no reason to keep going, that nobody is listening, that you should just quit.

An elderly gentleman had the habit of walking along the beach before he began his work day. One day, as he was walking, he saw a young man bending down repeatedly and gently tossing something into the ocean.

As he got closer, he called out, “Good morning! May I ask what are you doing?”

The young man replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.”

The elderly gentleman then asked, “Why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?”

“Well,” said the young man, “the sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they will die.”

Upon hearing that the elderly observer replied, “But young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea and said, “It made a difference for that one!” (Author unknown)

Have you ever stopped to reflect on how God used ordinary people in such extraordinary ways throughout history? How He took those who many would have never given a second glance and brought about great and mighty miracles through them? Do you ever recall the stories about the ordinary people God used to accomplish extraordinary things for His glory?

Like a little Hebrew boy named Joseph, favored by his father, hated by his brothers and yet he saved a nation! Or how about Moses? A stuttering man who led a nation to the promise land! A shepherd boy from the hills of Judea who slayed a giant with a stone and a sling.

How about Gideon? Gideon didn’t think he was worthy or capable… Judges 6:15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house… and yet God used him to deliver His people with only three hundred men!

And then there is the lad with five loaves and two SMALL fishes… “what are they among so many?” They are the ordinary being used by God for the extraordinary!