THE RESOURCE THEY FORGOT ABOUT
Luk 9:12 Then the day began to draw to a close, so the twelve came and said to Jesus, “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and food, because we are in an isolated place.”
Luk 9:13 But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They responded, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish– unless we go and buy food for all these people.”
Luk 9:14 (You see, about five thousand men were there.) Then he said to his disciples, “Get them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.”
Luk 9:15 So they did as Jesus told them, and the people all sat down.
Luk 9:16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to the sky, he gave thanks and broke them. He gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
Luk 9:17 They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over was picked up– twelve baskets full of scraps.
what you have
The disciples actually suggested two solutions to their logistics problem. They suggested that Jesus dismiss the crowd before mealtime, so that they could go into the surrounding villages to get food and lodging. Then they suggested (not their first choice) that the disciples themselves could go and purchase food for the crowd.
But Jesus had a plan C. He took what they had, and miraculously used it to feed everyone. He had the disciples take part in the miracle, so that they would remember the lesson.
The resource that the disciples did not take into consideration when evaluating their situation — was Jesus himself.
LORD, thank you for your divine presence, making up for all our insufficiency.