Wednesday, October 23, 2019
“As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing backed, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” [1 Kings 17:12]
The widow of Zarephath only had enough resources for a last meal for her son and herself. She had no means of income being a widow and everything she had was almost gone. This is when God says to Elijah, “Go to Zarephath… for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” It’s apparent from the text that the widow had not received the memo from God, for she clearly explains her situation to Elijah. Elijah is not dissuaded, for he says to her those fateful words, “Do not be afraid.” Elijah makes a case for why her fear is not necessary. God will provide. I have never been in such a dire situation where death was imminent because I lacked resources. Have you? I have experienced letting go of my fears though and putting my trust in God’s provision for my life. It is never easy to do. To unfurl your grasp on a situation or resources, realizing everything belongs to God anyway. Place yourself in the widow’s shoes and imagine what it must have been like to let God and trust God.
Creating God, the earth and the heavens and all that is within them are yours. Yet, I tend to grasp and hold what I have deemed mine. Loosen my grip and nurture my longing to trust you ever more fully. Amen.