It’s funny because this very miracle has been on my mind recently. At the risk of possibly agreeing, I would like to suggest the following:
I too was told about the idea that the miracle was not so much about Jesus being able to multiply, but the fact that people were all lead to share what they have. Af first, I did not like the idea at all. Afterall, he is a God of miracles and can do anything. It was obvious what happened!!!
But then I heard it another way. Basically put, what is harder for Jesus to do - perform a miracle and multiply, or change the hearts of His people to live according to his divine law without taking away their freel will? For me, the answer is clear.
Do I know for sure what happened? No…He can do anything He wants. But the one thing He won’t do is take aware our free will. It is only through our free will that we can choose to love or hate one another.
The other point I came across was the many times that Jesus was moved to heal people but asked them not to tell anyone. He wants us to want to come to Him - not because he can perform miracles, but because we love Him.
As a society, we are very caught up in sensationalizing, and the grandiose idea of a miracle is just another example. Again, I am not trying to minimize Jesus and His miracles, He is an all powerful God. However, as a result of this thinking, we fail to see miracles in the simplest of things.
For me, it is a miracle to see thousands of people giving all they have to others. As a result of this sharing, they were able to feed everyone with much left over. For me, it is a miracle when a troubled teen takes a moment to get real.
It is all about those small miracles that bring us closer to HIm - and isn’t that really His ultimate goal.