The Woman With Only Oil and One Jar

2 Kings 4:1-7

4 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”

2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”

3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”

5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. 6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”

And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

This verse cries out to me. I recently lost my dad to pancreatic cancer and things are different. The control of my life is gone, the heartbreak my mother feels, my sleep patterns, and so much more.

The fear that the woman feels is so understandable to me. Emotions are flying all over the place. Tears flow at the drop of a hat. I struggle but I am standing in peace with the help of the Holy Spirit and I know where my dad is. I am grasping for “what I have in the house”. What I have is God’s love, my family, and confidence in God’s promises.

Just as the lady feels she has nothing but a small jar of oil, God steps in and fills all the jars to the rim. The oil flows until there are no more jars. He has filled her needs as He always promises. God has done the same for me.

As tears flowed to the point my eyes stung and were dry, He filled my heart with His love and comfort. God reminded me constantly of the beautiful life my family had when my dad was with us. The family vacations we took every year, the family reunions, the special Christmas presents, the food we enjoyed together, weddings, graduations, births, and most of all his silly jokes.

God knew I needed replenishing just like the lady needed her oil jars filled to be restored and free of debt. He knew that just assuring He was with me and my family allowed my heart to overfill with love instead of sadness. He replenished me as He always does.

Thank you for being here as I return to blogging. May God bless you each and every day! LoLo

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