In Zechariah 4:10 God tells us “Don’t despise the day of small things.”
When we’re on the look-out for God to solve our problems in one large sweep or through a big miracle, we miss out on the small, seemingly insignificant things God uses to change our lives. The disciples often overlooked the small things that God used to make a big difference.
John 6:5-9 says, “’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?’ He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.’ Philip answered him, ‘It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!’ Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, ‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’” The disciples were ready to give up, but Jesus said, “No, I want you to take a second look.”
That day God worked through the lunch of a child. At that time, a child was considered so insignificant they weren’t even counted. People wanted to have a lot of kids but only to work the farm, they just weren’t very valued. It’s as if Jesus was saying I value every one of my children, every man, boy, woman, and girl. Although there were 5000 men present that day, not counting women and children, God used what society saw as small and insignificant to start a miracle.