Jesus sat on a hillside with 5000 men plus their families all listening to his teaching. About supper time, the disciples realized these people would be hungry. I imagine the cranky children tipped them off.
“How are we going to feed all these people?” The disciples asked Jesus.
“You give them something to eat.” Jesus answered.
Then, Jesus directed the disciples to have the people sit down in groups. Each of the disciples had a basket. Jesus filled the baskets with bread and fish, then the disciples took their basket out and distributed the food. Back and forth they traveled – giving all of their provisions, then returning to Jesus for replenishment. Out to minister, in to gather resources.
All evening the disciples worked, giving out what Jesus gave to them. When they were done, they discovered that five loaves and two fish had morphed into enough food for all the people with 12 basketfuls left over. Can you imagine how tired they were at the end of the day?
Sometimes God has us in ‘training mode’. We go through life doing the same activity over and over, feeling like things aren’t changing. However, God is training us. He wants us to learn to rely on Him. He is our source. We take what He gives us, and give it away, then we return for more.