Oil jars

On saturday I bought a small pink blanket with a butterfly on it. Why you ask, since I don’t have any girls? Because one day I will have one, the Lord promised me and this is my “oil jar”, something to remind me of that promise that the Lord will provide. In 2 Kings chapter 4, there is a story of Elisha when he comes upon a widow and her son and they have nothing but a small jar of oil left in their house. Oil was important in those days for cooking and for keeping light in the house. This was a bad situation they were in and so Elisha wanted to help. He told them to go gather up jars, as many as they could find and bring them to their house. So, they did. And into each one they poured the oil and it kept filling each jar until all the jars were filled. Imagine if they had not heeded Elisha’s words and gathered any jars? They would have no oil. But they did gather jars because they believed what Elisha had told them would happen. And as a result, they were blessed with the oil they needed.

I have this pink blanket as a reminder to myself that God has promised us a daughter and He will fulfill that promise someday. In the meantime, I am believing what He has said and preparing for it by stepping out on faith and buying this blanket. Glenn and I were in Target on Saturday when I got the idea to buy this blanket. Glenn had gone off with the big boys to look at some video games and I was wondering around looking at stuff. I, originally, was going to buy a doll, but not knowing what ethnicity this little girl might be, buying a doll can be problematic, who knew there were so many choices. I didn’t, I have not been into the girl toy section, in many years. But I just knew the perfect thing would come to me, if I just kept looking. And then I saw this beautiful pink blanket with a little butterfly on it. Butterflies are signficant to me ever since I was pregnant with Elijah. Before we got pregnant with Elijah, we had suffered two miscarriages, so when I got pregnant, I was worried it would happen again. The pregnancy was filled with issues with my health and his, but each time I would worry God would send me a butterfly and that would let me know He was in control and not to worry. So, when I saw this blanket with a butterfly I knew it was the right item to get.

After picking out the blanket, I then had to go back to the video games and explain this to Glenn. I started out by saying, “I know you will think I am crazy..”. He was very understanding about it and indulged me. I think he could see I was on the verge of crying in the middle of Target and he would like to avoid that, I am sure. So, I have this pink blanket. It is a reminder to me of what God is going to do. It’s a step of faith and I know God sees that. It brings me hope and comfort. I would have to say it’s more for me than for my daughter, I am sure, but I know she will someday treasure it also.

Are you putting out your oil jars expecting God to do something big? He will reward you, if you step out on faith.

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5 thoughts on “Oil jars

  1. That is an awesome idea! Someday you can tell you daughter this story, and how much you loved her and wanted her before you even knew she was yours! It is funny you felt that way about the doll, at first I was worried about that with Kayla too, what color do I get?? Now she has a rainbow of different colored dolls. She doesn’t even notice color now. In fact she saw your pic on fb the other day and asked if Joshua and Elijah were twins. I wish adults could be as color blind as children!

    • I know what you mean about color blindness. Having Joshua has brought different discussions at our house. Our kids don’t care about color, but they don’t hesitate to talk about it and at the most embarrassing moments. Like at the store, loudly, they will point out something about someone else being black like Joshua or white like whomever. They just don’t see the big deal. Jordan asked me recently if Joshua was black because God used a crayon to color him black. They have the craziest ideas.

  2. You know, I didn’t have an “oil jar” for Kate but the Lord filled it anyway!
    I think this is beautiful. So, where do you keep the blanket?

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