The following devotion was written by Nancy Parker Brummett. Nancy is an author and freelance writer in Colorado Springs, CO. You can like her author page on Facebook or visit Nancy Parker Brummett to subscribe to her blogs or learn more about her life and work.
A single mom often feels like there just isn’t enough of anything except frustration. In any given day, she doesn’t have enough hands to get everything done. There may not be enough time for the chores, the jobs, the homework and the carpooling. Patience and diapers might both be in short supply, and rarely is there enough money to get to the end of the month.
And yet, when she offers up what little she has to the Lord and asks Him to make up the difference, she and her children may receive abundantly more grace and mercy than they can imagine.
In 2 Kings 4:1-7 we see an account of a single mom who worried about not having enough. She went to Elisha, the prophet, to plead her case. She was worried that her deceased husband’s creditors were going to come and take her two sons away to work as slaves. Elisha asked, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” The woman explained that she had almost nothing “except a little oil.” But Elisha told her to go to all her neighbors and ask for empty jars, and then to fill each one up with oil. Miraculously, the “little oil” she had became enough to fill all the jars in the house right up to the brim! “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left,” Elisha told her.
This Mother’s Day as single moms reflect on the jobs they are doing with their kids, may they sense God’s pleasure. May they realize that whatever they have a little of—a little time, a little food, a little hope, or a little faith—God can take that little and make it more than enough.