They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
Thoughts on the verse
I am going to borrow something that I originally wrote for the Lent emails (Maybe you want to sign up for the upcoming Advent email series?) and then recently shared again to my email list (Join us! We chat every couple of weeks and you'll get freebies and special deals.)
There are two things I love about this miracle where Jesus fed 5,000+ people (the + being the women and children who were very likely there with the men).
First, he met such ordinary earthly needs with his miracles. Jesus wasn’t a showman and he wasn’t out to prove his divinity. He was simply healing hurt bodies and filling empty stomachs. I find such genuine and relatable love in this. Our God doesn’t want us broken and starving. He wants us whole and complete.
Second, there were leftovers! This detail gets me every single time. We have a God of abundance and provision and forethought. The Bible reports that there were 12 basketfuls of leftover food. I don’t think it is a coincidence there were also 12 disciples. Like any good parent, Jesus is packing snacks for the road!
Thoughts on the design
The stack of shapes on the left represents the twelve baskets and the twelve disciples. I love how bold and graphic they look. They are stacked so that they fill the space top to bottom to represent abundance. I also purposefully loosened up the stack with some tilting and shifting. Ministry and life are both messy… things are always going to be imperfect and that's ok!
I purposely made the word "satisfied" largest because to me that encompasses the meaning of this story -- that we will be fully satisfied and complete in relationship with Jesus.
Thoughts on type
The type is set in Neusa Next in Compact. I was searching for a sans serif font that was slightly elongated to mirror the basket shape in the illustration. You can see this if you look at the lowercase letter "a." I also really like the crisp way the "t" and "f" cut off cleanly after the curve.
Thoughts on color
This design illustrates a food story so when it came time to choose colors I was thinking about food too, especially middle eastern food. The brown and tan was the most natural fit since bread is a main character. Other colors: berry, spice, olive, and freshwater.