God of the Impossible
by Tammye Hamilton
What if you lived in a country where there was a famine and you knew you and your child were about to die of starvation? We can’t even begin to understand what that would feel like. Add to that the fact that God has just spoken to your heart and told you to feed the prophet you were about to meet.
What? I am preparing to watch my son die and you want me to give our food to a stranger? This very thing happened to a single mom in the Bible in 1 Kings 17.
God sent Elijah to her town and told him he had instructed a widow to feed him. When Elijah sees her and asks for bread, she quickly informs him she is gathering sticks to prepare their last meal and die. She had already written the end of her story. But God had a different plan.
When Elijah tells her that her flour and oil jars would never be empty until the famine was over, she did what he said. And it happened. There was food every day.
The jar was not suddenly full of flour. The jug was not overflowing with oil. She could not SEE abundance but every day when she made their bread, the little bit that was there was still there. It was a huge miracle, but in the moment, in the middle of famine and hardship and loneliness, it was just a bit of flour and a few drops of oil. It seemed so insignificant that she wasn’t even convinced Elijah was a prophet from God.
She was a single mom just trying to survive and this stranger came to visit and “prophesied” over her and now they had enough to eat but life was still hard. And then things got a lot harder. Her little boy got sick and grew worse until he STOPPED BREATHING. It was over. Her life was hard and now it was literally gone.
And then she spills her heart. She asks Elijah, “What do you have against me? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”
At times we can’t see miracles happening for us because life is still hard. Sometimes we can’t see the loving hand of God because we are constantly aware of our sin. It kept her from accepting that God cared enough about her to send a prophet to save her life and the life of her son.
It was just too good to be true, and yet, every day, there was enough. She could have stayed in that place of good enough. A place of maybe it’s a miracle, maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s God, maybe it’s not.
But our loving God had so much more. He miraculously provided food for her family but that wasn’t the BIG story. He wasn’t done writing her story. He didn’t have her heart.
Elijah cried out to the Lord and the boy’s life returned to him. Elijah took the child to his mother and she said, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.”
Whatever you feel God thinks about you, whatever hardship or loneliness or impossibility you are facing, He has not forgotten you. He has been in the process of caring for you all along. He is doing miracles for you that you can’t even see.
Take a risk and open your heart to Him. Choose to see how much He loves you and how He has cared for you. SEE the miracles He gives you every day. And ask and believe for MORE.
“But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before Him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 5:8-9