Elijah said to her, "Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son.” --I Kings 17:13
Whenever we run out of milk, coffee, sugar, or eggs we quickly jump into the car and rush to the store to pick up the items we are missing. It seems natural, habitual, even efficient to respond to our lack in this way. This is also, however, a subtle form of fear. We are afraid to be without what we need. We are afraid to be in want. We are afraid to be hungry. The minute we notice we are missing something that we may soon need, we seek to ease our fear by taking the steps necessary to procure what we think we may need.
She was no different from us. She knew she was out of groceries, and she was also short on cash. The man of God made the ultimate request – to share what little she had with him even before she took some for herself and her beloved child. It seems so arrogant, so presumptuous, and yet – could it be that it was the only way that she could be liberated from her fear in order to glimpse a miracle?
Suppose that we had nothing in our house but a small container of flour and a little olive oil. Suppose that we were asked to give away what was our only sustenance? In our absolute terror, might we not be surprised to find that God’s grace and care is ever greater than our lack, our want, our fear?
O God, give me a heart to share and eyes to see miracles.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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