“Go sell the oil and make good on your debts. Live, both you and your sons, on what’s left.” 2 Kings 4:7
Elisha’s servant died, leaving his wife with a debt, and no money, to pay a man threatening to take her two children if she didn’t pay him. The woman went to Elisha for help. Elisha asked the woman what she had in her house, “Well, I do have a little oil,” she said.
Elisha told her to go to her neighbors and borrow as many bowls and jugs as she could and then pour the oil into the vessels. The moment the last bowl was filled, the oil stopped flowing, and after selling the oil, she was able to pay the debt.
Marie is my new neighbor. One day while making soup, I found I was out of onions. I called and asked if I could “borrow” an onion. Instead of replacing the onion, I took her a container of the soup. She returned the container filled with brownies. A friendship has developed from daring to ask for a favor.
The neighbors in the story dared to ask her neighbors for bowls and jugs not even understanding their purpose. Just think of the stories she was able to share when she returned their bowls and jugs. “You saved my children!”
Dear Lord, let us respond with love to the needs of our neighbors. Amen.