Best. Women’s. Meeting. Ever #2

1 Jul

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LaTasha Brown spoke at the women’s meeting the other day.

In 1 Kings 17, Elijah speaks to a widow and asks her for a drink of water, and while she’s in mid-step he also asks her for something to eat.

She said, “I swear, as surely as your God lives, I don’t have so much as a biscuit. I have a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a bottle; you found me scratching together just enough firewood to make a last meal for my son and me. After we eat it, we’ll die.”   Elijah said to her, “Don’t worry about a thing. Go ahead and do what you’ve said. But first make a small biscuit for me and bring it back here. Then go ahead and make a meal from what’s left for you and your son. This is the word of the God of Israel: ‘The jar of flour will not run out and the bottle of oil will not become empty before God sends rain on the land and ends this drought.'” v. 12-14

Here’s a woman preparing to die and Elijah says, “Don’t worry about a thing?  Go make me a biscuit first??  Then make one for yourself and your son???”  Can you imagine the struggle in her heart?  I can just imagine some of the things she could have said, but she . . .

. . . And she went right off and did it, did just as Elijah asked. And it turned out as he said—daily food for her and her family. The jar of meal didn’t run out and the bottle of oil didn’t become empty: God’s promise fulfilled to the letter, exactly as Elijah had delivered it!

Latasha pointed out that in that moment the widow’s capacity was small, but a little oil and obedience was — and is — enough.  It opened her heart.  When you are at your moment of extremity, don’t forget that God is in the heart-stretching business.

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