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Friday, October 5, 2018

When You Need Just One Miracle

And Jesus looking upon them said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” ~Mark 10:27 

What happens when it seems we have done everything we can? We’ve had our good days, we’ve learned a lot, and sometimes we even receive offers of help. But then, no matter the good days, those bad days still come. As caregivers we burn out fast—body, mind, soul, spirit … there’s just nothing left.

Finances are in shambles, emotions are on edge, and communication with God become one-word prayers. God still honors those, by the way.

We think we’ve done pretty well lately; the Bible has been an opened book, morning prayers have happened, yet, things are not falling in place. You need just one miracle.

2 Kings 4
Well, once upon an evil time there lived a wise widow with her two young sons. The creditor was coming (as her husband had left a mighty debt) to take her sons away and force them into slavery.

Most likely this creditor would have repossessed her home too, but that’s just my thought. She had one alternative—a miracle. So she ran to a man of God, Elisha, who said unto her, “What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house?” 

And she said, “Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.”

Don’t you see? That’s all God needed: Her faith and a jar of oil. He began his divine work and from that one jar flowed an endless stream of oil. Her sons dashed through the neighborhood asking for empty vessels. She filled enough vessels with oil to sell in the market place and paid off her debts. Yes, she kept her house. She kept her sons. She kept her sanity, and no doubt, doubled the size of her faith.
As caregivers we are tired, financially strapped, we have worries, anxieties, and shackled with burdens we think we can’t bear anymore? It’s worth repeating, isn’t it? We are in need of rest, peace, joy, grace, mercy, and … just one miracle.
What miracle do you need today? The widow knew only God had the ability to come through for her, so she ran to His humble servant, the warrior prophet, Elisha.
“I have nothing but this jar of oil,” she told him.
It wasn’t enough to live on or solve her problems. Nonetheless, in God’s hand it was all she needed. She paid off her debt with that one jar of oil.
Need a miracle? Who are you running to? Tell me what have you in the house? What’s your Jar of Oil? Have faith like a mustard seed and give it to God, trust that He can, and will, perform a miracle.

A Caregiver’s Prayer

Dear Lord, here I am, humbled, feeling alone, overwhelmed and tired. I have only my faith in you to get me through another day. I need a miracle. And I know that miracle is you.

Beloved Caregiver

Bring to me unending tears
Release to me unspoken fears
The answer is not here to find
The answer’s not of earthly kind

Just come to me, your first true love
You are my treasure, my greatest pleasure
A miracle is mine to give
A mended life is yours to live

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