This appeared in my Facebook feed this this morning. What comfort to see God’s hands in my life over the last year.
I spent the morning working on crafting ideas for 2016. For months I have been praying for a part time job. Then I started re-purposing old furniture, dabbling with this and that . . . and then the pallet projects began. While the material is mostly free, there are hardware expenses, as well as paint supplies and tools needed for various projects that have a cost. I can only walk through doors (or climb through windows) when the Lord opens them and can only build from what materials are on hand and based on the tools needed for a job. I have seen God’s hand in so many situations on how He has filled jar after jar with oil. So I don’t know why I am so surprised (or maybe it’s just the “aweness of God” I’m experiencing?”) how He confirms His desires for what He wants me to do in various season of my life. These paints were dropped off to me this morning. Had no idea they were coming. Didn’t express the need verbally. God knew. I knew. To some this is a fluke. To some this is petty because many can afford to just go buy what is needed. But, to me, it’s one more jar filled with oil. I can’t wait to see when and how He meets the other needs/desires in this area of my life as I hopefully watch a hobby grow into a paycheck! lol !
Well, God did turn this in to a paycheck during 2017 through the The Chicken Coop, through craft parties (you can find out more at ImperfectCreations) , and customer orders throughout 2017. We will see where God leads in 2018. Thankful for His hand of provision. He has continued to show me through this journey that He truly is the one that equips and provides for us.
The Widow’s Olive Oil
2 Kings 4:1-7
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”