I have this amazing face wash. I’m serious. It’s incredible! Every time I use it, I think it will be the last time. I squeeze the soap out and it seems to extinguish its last reserve. Then I put it back on the shelf. The next day, I am always amazed to find the bottle fully inflated and, wouldn’t you know it, when I give it a squeeze, one more squirt of face wash comes out.
It’s been happening for weeks now and it reminds me of the Old Testament story about oil. Take a look at 2 Kings 4.
1 “One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” 2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”“Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. 4 Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” 5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. 6 Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. 7 When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”
I love this story! I love how Elisha trusts God with the miraculous and I love how the woman trusts Elisha with, what may seem, a silly task. The tale brings a few questions to mind in my own life. Maybe you can answer them too.
Am I in tune with the Holy Spirit enough to recognize ways to meet the needs of those around me that need help?
Do I do what I believe God is telling me to do, even if it seems crazy?