“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.” II Kings 4:2 NKJV
He refocused her thoughts away from all she didn’t have to what she had available to her right at that moment. God had already given her the seed of the enormous miracle He was ready to do for her, a small jar of oil. Elisha sent her to act in faith to go and get as many empty jars as she could find. Then she began pouring out what she had and God miraculously filled ALL the empty jars from her tiny, willingly offered jar!
What am I holding in my hands right now that seems insignificant compared to my needs? What has God already placed in my hands that He is waiting patiently for me to willingly offer back to Him so He can do an enormous miracle in my life?! It’s time to refocus and change my perspective. “Every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights,” (James 1:17) so, really every. single. thing. I have is from Him and has the potential to be the seed for the exact miracle I have been desperately asking for. Am I willing to pour it out before Him?! YES!! I AM WILLING JESUS!!
Bonus thoughts: how brave was she when she went out to collect the empty jars? Did she get every jar in town or was she conservative in her mission out of fear or doubt? As she walked further from home did her pace slow and the questions mount? Did she skip a street because she thought for sure that God couldn’t fill any more jars than what she had already collected?? Or did she run to every house in town pleading for EVERY possible vessel that could hold oil including the measuring cups?!
Am I collecting jars conservatively because I’m afraid that I can collect more jars than God can fill?!? Or am I running with abandon, bravely asking for every possible vessel, a giant smile on my face because I KNOW that God is about to CRAZY bless me and I don’t want to miss even a 1/4 cup of it!?!?!
How about you? 🙂