We all know what it feels like to be deflated, defeated, overwhelmed with grief, or in despair. At times our bodies feel so weak and heavily burdened that we can’t bear the thought of opening our eyes or lifting our heads off the pillow. Our lives can sometimes be filled with clutter and debris, void of hope and joy.
Contrary to the feeling that we have nowhere to turn or nothing left is the fact that we are not alone. It is in this place of darkness and disillusion that we find our Lord.
“How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” Psalms 36:7-9
He is waiting patiently, with open arms ready to rejuvenate our souls, soften our hearts and fill us with His peace and joy. But we must humbly submit and rend our hearts to him, to receive his most precious gifts of grace and mercy.
The story of the Widow’s Oil in 2 Kings 4 provides a wonderful model for us to follow. The widow is left with mounds of debt that she cannot pay after the death of her husband. She will lose her two sons because of this predicament. In her greatest hour of need she cries out to Elisha and tells him she has nothing left but a bit of oil. He responds by giving her a very specific set of instructions to follow.
Without hesitation the widow does exactly what she is told. She humbles herself and collects as many jars as possible from her neighbors. Then, she returns home, shuts the door behind her and begins filling the jars with the small amount of oil that she has in her possession. To her astonishment, she is able to fill every jar she collected to the brim. The oil did not stop flowing until she filled the very last jar. She was able to sell the oil, pay her debts, and still have plenty of money left to provide for her own needs.
Just as the example of the story of the widow demonstrates, it is the yielding spirit that God will bless. Much yielding = much blessings; no yielding = no blessing. We can only be blessed to the capacity that we make available.
We have the unique opportunity to be in communion with the Creator of the universe. To be transformed from the inside out to be made something new. In God’s economy, our greatest weakness becomes our greatest strength. When we become less of ourselves we become more like Him.
This can only happen when we prayerfully examine ourselves and begin the process of cleaning and clearing out all of our jars. With perseverance and obedience, we surrender our grip on the things that distract and separate us from our Abba Father. God is faithful, He is willing, and He has the power. What we make available will be filled to the brim with His abundant blessings, His joy, His promises, and His everlasting love.
“May the God of all hope fill you with all joy as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
– Kelly Hawkins
I am thankful for the grace and provision of God in my life. Striving to put God first, take life one day at a time and to be the best wife and mother I can be. I enjoy gardening, reading, painting and spending time with family and friends.