When you opened your eyes this morning, were you hanging on to pieces of yesterday? Did you find yourself unintentionally carrying burdens that you didn't fully give to the Lord? I confess that this is how I greeted the day today, but this is not how I will step forward into the rest of it.
I think of Elisha and a certain widow. She had been handed a problem that she could not solve. Her husband had died, leaving her with debt she couldn't pay. Her two sons, who were then to take care of her upon her husband's passing, were about to become the payment to the creditor. She would be left with nothing, and her sons would become slaves. (Come to think of it, what seems to weigh me down becomes smaller and smaller as I ponder what someone else may be going through...someone like this widow.)
Elisha asked her what she had in her house.
“'Your servant has nothing there at all,' she said, 'except a small jar of olive oil.'”
Her directions from the prophet were to gather empty jars...then pour out what she had. All of the jars were filled! The oil didn't stop flowing until she ran out of jars. Her supply was only limited by the containers. She took what she had and placed it into God's ability. The debts were paid, and there was overflow for them.
Do we ever stop to think that our supply of His anointing, of fresh oil, is only limited by the containers we bring? Do we hold back, clinging to the mindset of "I don't have enough, only a small jar"? If I spend my thoughts on what I lack, I risk missing what He has in store. It is not my responsibility to produce the oil, but to gather jars...to bring Him everything.
I don't want to limit what He can do. No more holding back and allowing the weight of life to suffocate me: it's time to bring Him another vessel and watch His supply overflow.
Lord, I am only limited by my stubborn ways of clinging to what I can do on my own. You have no limits, so I choose to bring You all that I have and all that I don't have. I want to watch a fresh outpouring of Your oil into my life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Kings 4:1-7