Today was one of those days where I didn’t want to get up. I heard the alarm go off twice, but I still held to my covers. Why didn’t I want to get up? I didn’t feel tired. I wasn’t sick. As a matter of fact, I felt pretty good. I just wanted to lay there, do nothing.
Have you ever had a day like that? You can’t explain it but you just want to stay in bed, sleep longer, or just lay there twisting and turning. . . your time.
It seems the older I get, periodically, I have to fight this urge to just vegetate. So what gets you up and out each day?
What got me up, I had some place to be, something to do. If I didn’t have anything to do, I might not have gotten up. I remember a time when I had no plans and no place to be, pretty soon, I was isolated and before I knew it I was in a state of depression, where I didn’t want to get up.
Living life can be like that some times, I suppose, where you lose perspective, things begin to get blurred.
As I was writing I thought about biblical characters and their lives. The story that came to mind: Elijah and the widow at Zarephath in 1 Kings 17:7-16. Upon his arrival he asked that she give him a drink of water and a piece of bread.
Her response: “As surely as the Lord your God lives, I don’t have any bread, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.”
As you can see, she had given up. She was ready to die. Sometimes life just beats us down, doesn’t it; we may even feel there is no way out.
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.”
How many of you would have thought, “He must be crazy. This is all I have and he what?” I might would have said that, or at least thought it too.
Elijah didn’t leave her hanging. She recognized he was a man of God, and now Elijah moves to ease her mind about the little she thinks she has:
“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 sends rain on the land.”
What she had in her hands was about to become a blessing from a stranger. There must have been something in his tone that led her to obey.
That act of obedience and believing that it wasn’t over, as spoken by the man of God, brought a bountiful harvest. She had food every day for Elijah and her son. The bible says the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run out just as Elijah had spoken.
What you have in your hand right now, if that is all you have, pray and ask the Lord to help you to do what needs to be done.
Elijah brought hope to the widow. When nothing seems to be working right, cry out to him; he hears even the simplest of requests.
Let me know what you think.
Keep the faith,
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