God Delights in Providing for Our Needs
So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim. 2 Kings 4:5,6 (NLT)
Her prophet husband had died and this widow woman was in a quandary. Her creditor had come threatening to take her two sons as slaves. All she had left in her home was a small flask of olive oil. Elisha’s direction was strange–she was to send her two sons to borrow all her friends’ and neighbors’ empty vessels. She concurred and then witnessed a miracle that from her little flask of oil, she filled all the larger vessels gathered. She sold the oil and thus her bill was paid in full to all her creditors. Amazingly, she and her sons had enough left to live debt free.
It was a bitter, freezing winter in Bradford, Pennsylvania, often temps the coldest in the contiguous United States. We had just moved into a new, small pastorate with two small boys. Events began to take a nosedive. Larry also held a full-time job with Case Cutlery but sadly, it was there one day that he cut off the tip of his finger.
Right at the end of November, I noticed that Jeff, our four-year old had a big lump under his ear that prompted a visit to the physician. The diagnosis: mononucleosis with the worst case he had ever seen in a child. Jeff was put into a hospital isolation room. Shortly, a child with Chicken Pox was placed in another room and Jeff contracted this, too. On Jeff’s release, his spleen was enlarged and could rupture so diligence was needed to restrict rough playing. We were now concerned for his brother, Chris, as well.
One day Larry called me from work and said that God had given him a promise in Revelations 3:7b (NLT) He (God) opens doors, and no one can shut them; he shuts doors, and no one can open them. We were to be encouraged by our Protector.
Money was now an issue and I had applied to the new school district with no success. Right before Christmas, substitute jobs opened up with sometimes up to five calls. The night before Christmas Larry went to a large store where with inventory looming, all toys were drastically reduced. A blessed Christmas morning with toys arrayed and designed by God appeared for the boys. (And yes, Jeff recuperated and Chris to this day has never had Chicken Pox!)
Arriving home on a snowy, blustery night, we gazed, amazed, that each step up to our second story apartment was arrayed with groceries from ministers in our section. God had opened up the bounty of heaven to pour us out a blessing of a Christmas we’ve never forgotten by our Heavenly Father, wrapped in bows of love.
Lord when times get tough, Your care is exquisite. You actually provided the oil of Your presence to the Biblical woman and You will provide the oil of the Holy Spirit to be poured out for my concerns, as well. Our Heavenly Father provides for His own and I am incredibly grateful!