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2 Kings 4:1-7 tells about a widow in dire straits and desperate for God’s help. Her husband has died and left her family in debt over their heads, the creditors are threatening to take her sons as slaves if she doesn’t pay the money she owes, and all the capital she has left is one jar of oil. She needs help, and so she goes to the prophet Elisha. He tells her to go and borrow as many jars as she can from all of her friends and neighbors. “Not too few,” he says, having faith that God is going to make a BIG miracle for this woman. She does exactly what Elisha tells her to do, because she also has faith that God will provide. In fact, her faith is what took her to Elisha in the first place, and her faith is rewarded.
The widow and her sons go into her home with all the jars, shut the door, just as Elisha tells her to do, and sees God’s providence and goodness unfold. As she pours the oil from her jar into another jar, it keeps pouring. It doesn’t stop! She moves on to the next jar, and the next, and the next. The oil isn’t running out! When she has run out of jars, she tells her son to give her another one. He exclaims there are no more jars to be found. At that precise moment the oil runs out. She takes the oil and sells it. With the profits she has enough to pay all the creditors, and then plenty to live comfortably afterwards. God’s blessings do not stop until they are overflowing!
Despite this story being relatively short–only seven verses–it is powerful and profound! Faith is what gets us through the tough times. We may be having money troubles, relationship issues, health concerns, job insecurities, etc. But we can have faith in the same God who made the widow’s oil overflow. He will likewise provide for you! It will likely be in His own unique way, but He will make a way!
I chose to journal this story using the new Have Faith collection from Echo Park Paper Co. I cut out a jar with flowers from one of the 12×12 papers, used a few of the stickers, and made a bunting banner out of the “F-A-I-T-H” stickers. I chose the jar because of the connection to the story. I added a tag and a circle punch to the top of the page, both cut out from the papers. This was a super easy page, and I still have SO much of the collection left that I could use for other Bible journaling, cards, and/or scrapbooking projects.
How do God’s blessings overflow in your life? Remembering the past instances of His care and provisions can help us to have faith in the future during difficult times.