She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. (1 Kings 17:15 NIV)
It could be unexpected. You may have some warning. A job, investment, resource or relationship that you depend upon for provision is lost, broken, depleted or ruined. You begin to worry about how you will pay the bills, where you will stay and what you will drive. What was stable is no longer there for you.
Maybe you expect the worst-case scenario will unfold and you’re not sure how you’ll even make it another day. If that’s you, you have something in common with a widow who lived thousands of years ago in community called Zarephath.
In Zarephath, the food supply depleted due to a drought. A widow and her son prepared to eat what little they had left and die. Elijah met the woman at the town gate as the woman was gathering sticks to prepare their last meal. Here’s what happened next:
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.
(1 Kings 17:13-15 NIV)
Before Elijah arrived, the woman anticipated that nothing could stop the worst case scenario from coming true. Every source of provision she knew was gone. You and I may have reached the same conclusion if we were living in that scenario.
When you are at a point where it seems like there is no way out and it feels like every possible avenue has been exhausted - remember, your Heavenly Father is aware of your situation. He cares for you and wants the best for your life. Your inclination may be to push away, but He wants to you press in. God’s provision may be supernatural, He may open a door that appeared to be shut or an improbable sequence of events may come together in way that can only be attributed to Him.
Thank your Heavenly Father that He knows what’s going on and express your trust in Him to provide for your daily needs - even in ways you would never imagine.