The disciples didn't know what to do with the large hungry crowd. There were just too many people, and too little food. Not to mention, it had been a very long day. "Let's just send them home," they decided.
They had forgotten Who they were with, though. Five loaves and two small fish don't pose a problem to God incarnate. In fact, this lack of food proposes a grand opportunity for Him to showcase His deity through a marvelous act of power and compassion. Jesus cannot and will not be intimidated. He is God. The God Who had made absolutely everything out of nothing, could surely make something great out of something small. The God Who filled their lungs with air, was also going to fill their stomachs.
So, Jesus vetoes His disciples' decision to send the hungry people home hungry. That will just not do. "Bring them here to Me," He says. God in Christ had yet.another.miracle up His sleeve. He takes the five loaves and two fish, and makes a feast of it. So much so, that every single person was satisfied.
A very dismal dinnertime beginning had a happy ending, after all. That, my friends, is how God works. "He does immeasurably more than all we can imagine."
Don't you think the faithless twelve felt ashamed about their initial lack of faith as they gathered up the baskets of l e f t o v e r s ?