Lessons from miracles
Mark 6: 42-46 “They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand. 45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.”
Jesus left no waste behind.
There was no evidence left behind of the most amazing miracle that this remote place had ever hosted. The disciples were litter-pickers. There were no book signings, record deals or conference bookings. The miracle would stay in the minds of those who had been there.
Jesus was the one to dismiss the crowd.
There are times that at the point of success that Jesus wants you far away from the satisfaction of the crowds. The church that attracts can easily fall in love with itself.
Jesus went to pray.
The desire to pray was there after the miracle as well as before. When miracles are sandwiched by prayer then it is the communion with God that is more important than the miracle. Miracles are born out of constant connection with the divine not by a request from earth for a divine connection.