2 Kings 4:2 "Elisha replied to her, "How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?" "Your servant has nothing there at all," she said, "except a small jar of olive oil."
Many times when we are faced with hardships, we tend to fall into a state of worry, fear, anxiety, and even depression. The weight of the world can feel like it's on your shoulders when you see the calls from bill collectors pop up on your phone. You want to do more, but unfortunately you can't because some things have changed. You are no longer in a position to do. You are no longer in a position to push. You look at life and begin to think that this is it for you. But I dare you to pay attention to the portion that still remains. Because there is still enough there to bless you.
This woman thought life would be over, because she lost her husband, and the collectors were coming to take her sons as slaves. However, she went to the prophet Elisha, and told him, that her husband is dead. Then Elisha asked her what does she have in the house. She said, "I have nothing left, expect a small jar of olive oil." He told her to go and ask for jars from all the neighbors and then shut the door behind and fill those empty jars. So she did just that and shut the door. You do know that olive oil was used for anointing kings, and even preparing others for burial. So it had value, but she thought she just didn't have enough.
How many times have you looked at what God placed inside of you, and felt it wasn't enough? Even now, you don't believe that you have enough. You have nothing else to pour out. You have poured into everyone else, but there is no one to pour into you. You don't believe that what you have left could be a blessing, or would be blessing. But God! My friends, I pray that your eyes would be opened to look through God's eyes at what you have. I know you may have lost much, and used much. But look at what you have. Turn it over to God, and watch him turn around and bless you abundantly. You thought that your season was over, but not so... your season is right now. But you have to put in the work. Don't sit in silence! Don't sit there in depression! Don't sit there crying and worrying, but get up and put in the work. Take the blanket from over your face, and open up your windows. Get some fresh air, and put in the work. Success is still yours, but sometimes we have to lose some things, in order to gain some.
Lord, touch my sisters and my brothers today. Encourage them to push through this wilderness where they are experiencing lack and hardships. Open their eyes to see that although they have lost something, there is still something to gain. Give them the push to get up and put in the work, and allow them to see success come from the little that they have left. In Jesus name! Amen!