[Elijah said] And while you’re at it, would you bring me something to eat? 1 Kings 17:11
Fearing for Elijah’s safety from the evil king, Ahab, God told Elijah to get out of the country as fast he could and go to the Kerith Ravine on the other side of the Jordan River. There he would find clean, cool water and ravens would provide him with food.
Eventually, a draught hit, and the Jordan dried up. God spoke again to Elijah, and sent him to find a woman who had been instructed to feed him.”
He found the woman by the river and asked for water. As she left to draw the water, he asked for something to eat. The woman desperate to feed her own son and herself, said, “I have a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a bottle; you found me scratching together just enough firewood to make a last meal for my son and me. After we eat it, we’ll die.”(vs. 12)
She obeyed Elijah and prepared a loaf of bread for their meal. Each day, God miraculously refilled the jug of oil and bin of flour that sustained them throughout the draught.
I’ve heard stories of a kind neighbor who dropped food off to a neighbor’s house, “just because …” and never knew there was nothing available for their next meal, or when a long awaited SNAP food stamp application was approved … “just in time.” God miracles.
Dear Lord, thanks for my abundant pantry, which I will glean to help stock the food bank in my neighborhood. Amen.