I haven’t blogged lately because, well, I just didn’t feel like it. So many exciting things going on in life coupled with some disappointing moments and it’s difficult to know what to say all the time. Honestly it’s difficult to know how I even really feel all the time, so my blog goes silent for a while.
I have not decided to blog today because anything has really changed, or because I have come to some kind of conclusion as to what exactly is going on in our lives right now. But I do feel like I have recently been incredibly encouraged – and that to me is noteworthy enough to make mention of.
I recently re-read the story about the widow at Zarephath from 1 Kings 17. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story I will paraphrase but you can also read it in it’s entirety at www.biblegateway.com).
Elijah, a prophet of God, was sent by God to Zarephath to a widow who the Lord said would feed him. Upon arriving and finding said widow, she explained to Elijah that she did not have the resources to take care of him. In fact, she was preparing the last meal she had for herself and her son. She fully anticipated they would starve after this meal.
Elijah encouraged her to make bread for himself first and then for her and her son with this promise, “For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.’ ” The promise held true, her jar of flour and jug of oil were never exhausted until God provided another means of resource for the family.
There have been some serious issues in our lives that we have been in prayer about, seeking God to move in for almost 2 years. I will be honest in saying that sometimes it seems exhausting. Sometimes I get stressed out and worry too much about what is going to happen and when. This story reminded me that sometimes the greater miracle is not the conclusion to a problem in life but that God keeps you and sustains you through the struggle. Through the last two years God has kept the jug of oil and jar of flour ready every day for us to use. So grateful that God reminded me while the miracle of completion is on it’s way, there is a sustaining miracle that He works in our lives every day.
If this was easy it wouldn’t be a great story . . .