My husband's mother had cancer and was in the hospital. Several relatives from out-of-town stopped by our home one particular day, while in town to see her.
I was a young mother of two, and it was supper time. In my heart I wanted to provide a nice meal for them, but all I had was a package of 5-6 pork chops, and no money to buy more. I felt like I was in a dilemma that only God knew how to solve.
I took the two children for a walk up and down the sidewalk; back and forth we went. And as we walked, I prayed a prayer from my heart, “Father, I don’t know what to do. I want to feed these people but I don’t have enough meat. I remember in your Word that you fed five thousand with five barley loaves and two small fish, with food left over. I am asking you to work a miracle and multiply my pork chops just like you did with the bread and fish, in Jesus’ name, Amen.” With my faith renewed, I decided to try and forget about a situation that I had no control of. I went back inside and started supper.
At the end of the day, after everyone had left, I sat down and counted the number of people who had eaten supper at our home. Thirteen people had enjoyed a pork chop, mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans. I counted the names again, and came up with the same amount.
A sense of awe began to sweep over me as I realized my prayer had been answered! The God of the Bible was alive and well in 1969! He was as true to his word as he was when the disciples walked this earth! I felt very loved by my heavenly Father each time I thought about what he had done, just for me.
I have never forgotten this miracle that my Father worked for me when I was just twenty-three years old. After all these years, (I'm now sixty-four,)I can look back and see that He was laying a foundation of faith and trust in my life, one miracle at a time. Or should I say...one pork chop at a time!
The God of the Bible is still alive and well-able to perform miracles for those who believe, in 2009!
Today I was inspired to write this article after reading, “There is Something Magic About Sharing”, by our good friend and brother, Daniel Owino Ogweno. Thank you, Daniel for your wonderful stories of faith.
"Everything is possible for him who believes." Mark 9:23
Barbara Thompson Young
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WE had this passage in our service today- feeding the five thousand, not the pork chops! It is the same as the widow providing for Elijah with oil and flour. It must have been very encouraging for you aged 23. We had a remarkable provision during Bible College days when a cheque was delivered by an insurance agent long after every postal delivery that day.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. Jesus is still the same today and forever. I will be 81 this September and I have more than one 'miracle' memory from my years on earth. God is so good and he answers our prayers. Have you ever wondered why we are so surprised when he answers? We should not be surprised...we (myself included) should be expecting our answer, right? GOD BLESS YOU.
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Wow, 1969! I was only 6. One pork chop at a time, that is the secret! And I guess you served the guests. Sometimes when the food is little you don't allow guests to serve themselves because of two reasons/fear: 1)some may realise that the food isn't much--they may stop eating; 2) some guests may fail to see that the food isn't much--they may serve 'more' than appropriate in the circumstances. I have always known the story of the multiplication of food in the Bible but recently, God opened my 'eyes' to see that the food was multiplying as it was being shared out. If the sahring stopped, the multiplication would have stopped as well. Sorry for writing a lot but let me add that the multplication miracle stops when God's resources get into the hands of the greedy. God bless.
Barbara,what a beautiful story of God's goodness and miracle for us who believes! Great title, wonderful message. Thanks for sharing this blessed article from your heart, one word at a time. It feeds my heart more than you can imagine. Blessings, Gloria