“So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim!” (2 Kings 4:5-6)

I had an “aha!” moment the other day. I was in the car with the kids and we were listening to a recording of Bible stories. One was about the widow who was in debt and came to Elisha for help (check out 2 Kings chapter 4). Her husband had died and she couldn’t pay her debts, so a creditor was going to take her two sons. Elisha asked her what she had at home. She responded that she had a little oil. So he told her to go borrow jars from her neighbors, “as many as you can.” The oil from her jar filled all the other jars, and she sold them to pay her debt and was able to live on the rest of the money.

The question that ran through my mind as I was listening to this was: If I were in that situation, how many jars would I have borrowed? What if I looked silly or God didn’t show up? Would I be willing to knock on doors all over town, or would I just borrow the neighbor’s measuring cup? The amount of blessing the widow received was directly related to her faith in the situation. The oil ran until every jar was filled…and then it stopped. In my life, do I miss the bigness of some of God’s blessings because my faith limits the outcome? Do I come to God with a prayer and a thimble asking him to fill it?

And for me, same as for the widow, there is a risk. What if I ask for big things or to see God move in big ways and don’t get it? I trust that God is good and that he can give in abundance—but that doesn’t mean he always will. There’s a risk to ask and be told “no,” “not now,” or “yes, but not how you envision it.” It is a risk to trust that God is who he says he is and will do things in his own time and for my good.

That’s hard. But I’m practicing. Practicing my posture of opening my arms wide and saying, “Gimme! Gimme more of you, God. Gimme more evidence of your Spirit working in me. Show me your blessings and your work!” Then I wait. I wait knowing that God is good, that relationship with him is worth the risk, that he has bigger things planned for me than I could ever imagine.

by Sylvia Miller from It’s a Good Thing Children Are a Treasure…


“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.’” —1 Corinthians 2:9

Dear God, fill my cup! Give me more of you today!

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