Small Sacrifices, Big Rewards

Here is a boy with five loaves of barley bread and two little fish. But that is not enough for so many people. (John 6:9, Holy Bible, Easy-to-Read Version)

While arranging silk flowers, I used all the full greenery I had to compliment variegated purple blossoms. Still, empty spaces begged for more. I added small white flowers and sprigs of greenery extended on metal picks. The tiny pieces filled the emptiness and made the altarpiece complete. My mind flashed to the lad with a small lunch.

“He gave them as much as they wanted. They all had plenty to eat. (v.v. 11-b; 12a).

I remembered the lad’s generosity. Eating his lunch alone would have satisfied only him, but not for long. Giving to the Master, becoming a part of the big picture, satisfied him and a multitude of onlookers.

Pray: Lord Jesus, when I think I have nothing significant to contribute, I remember the small boy’s lunch. I can’t forget the tiny sprigs of greenery, useless alone, but satisfying as part of a greater arrangement. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore


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