I See Half Full, God Sees Room To Fill
There have been many times in my life where I have felt left out.
Left out of invitations, left out of conversations, left out of inside jokes…third wheel.
The widow in 2 Kings 4:1-7 had reason to feel left out too. Her husband had died leaving her to raise her two boys alone. She had debt that she could not pay and now the creditor was coming to take her sons as slaves as payment. I am sure she could see other families in the village thriving: husbands working, wives raising children who seemed to have no cares (at least cares as heavy as her own). Left out. Her husband had been a prophet of the Lord…. but he was gone. Perhaps she wondered if God too, had left her side.
Elisha is summoned for help by this desperate woman. He tells her to give an account of what she has in her house.
“Your servant has nothing there at all,”she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
She saw NOTHING. She barely acknowledged what she DID HAVE; compared to what others had, it looked like/felt like…nothing.
Her “nothing” provided room for God to do a miracle.