Jesus instructed his disciples to have the crowd sit down. He took the small loaves of bread and the fish, gave thanks for what He had, broke the bread and made a banquet. Bread and fish in abundance! The blessing came after the loaves were broken.
The world is filled with brokenness: broken homes, broken lives, shattered dreams, and broken health. Sometimes we must be broken to meet our full potential in kingdom service. We don't like to think of experiencing great difficulties to help us grow spiritually. There are indeed great blessings in following the statutes that have been laid down for us, but we must realize that often the greatest blessings come on the other side of brokenness.
We might feel that there are so many scattered pieces and fragments of our lives that we could not be "put back together." Just as the left over pieces of bread and fish were gathered up, so can we be gathered up and not wasted.
"Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted" (John 6:12b).