Running Out To Running Over
My dad was raised by a single mother with 5 children. When he was around 9 he remembered being at church when his mother got ready to put in the last bit of money they had in the offering. And they had no food. He was tugging at his mother telling her not to put it in but she did. He said she whispered, "God will provide." Dad said he didn't even hear the sermon because he was so worried. They walked home and as they approached their house there was milk and groceries at the door. He never knew who or why the groceries were brought but he knew Who nudged someone to do it. Supernatural provision.
1 King 17: 12-16, "'As surely as the Lord your God lives,' she replied, 'I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.' 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. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah."
Now if that was all the food I had for my child I probably would have said, "sorry, Elijah!" God chose this weak and broken lady to be part of something that would influence us for generations. When she went out to pick up sticks for their last meal, she had no idea of the incredible turn her life was going to take. But she heard what God said and she obeyed by making bread for Elijah. "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." God blessed her with food to last throughout the drought. God sees the big picture which she could not comprehend. She saw running out to running over when she let God's Spirit lead. "Obedience to God is the pathway to the life you really want to live." Joyce Meyer