“Behind the Scenes”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, January 8, 2022 comes to us from Inger J. Logelin of Washington

5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

John 6:5-13 NIV

“Behind the Scenes”

The account of the boy who gave up his lunch to feed the multitudes is a familiar one. But I often wonder about the one who prepared the boy’s lunch. When he saw the great crowd waiting for him, Jesus tested Philip by asking where they were to find food for the people to eat. Phillip said it would take more than eight months’ wages to buy food for five thousand men, not to mention the women and children.

Andrew found a boy who had a lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish. But he asked, “How far will they go among so many?” Yet, in the hands of Jesus, those five small loaves and two small fish fed the multitudes, with twelve baskets left over. I imagine the boy’s mother making his lunch at home, lovingly shaping and baking the small loaves, and placing the fish into a small sack. I imagine her faithfully preparing her son for the day, not knowing he would be a part of an encounter with the miracle-working Savior.

When I wonder if what I do for Jesus has value, I think of the people who provided the raw materials for a miracle that day. My behind-the-scenes faithfulness can be part of creative miracles in the hands of Jesus.



I think that it is important for us to remember that God can multiply every faithful effort we make to care for our families or to offer kindness to someone else. God’s presence in our lives can enrich our efforts to share God’s loving presence with others and with the wider world in which we live.

--Pastor bea


Dear Lord, magnify our small, faithful efforts so that we may join you in blessing others today. Amen.

--Inger J. Logelin

Prayer Focus:

Those who feel unappreciated.

Thought for the Day:

Even humble efforts can change lives.