Gathering Sticks

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Do you believe in miracles?

In the Old Testament, the prophet Elijah was told by God to go to a place called Zarephath. There was a drought and God told Elijah that a widow living there would give him food.

What do you think Elijah did? God had spoken—–

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So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”  As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.  For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.  For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

—1 Kings 17:10-16

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Seek First His Kingdom

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What will I focus on today?

The lens of a camera will allow the photographer to focus in on whatever is before them.

What is focused on is sharp; other objects become blurred and indistinct.

What is focused on is the object of greatest importance.

The predominant image is given the most clarity.

We all live a life of focus.

For every person, certain things are sharply in view while others are blurred.

For example, if we are highly focused on our jobs, our families and personal time may be distorted.

Being indistinct, the needs there may even go unnoticed.

What happens if we choose not to focus on God each day?

Does His presence fade away in the background as we concentrate on something else?

There is much to say about living in the moment.

Taking life one day at a time, listening for God to show us what He wants us to do that day.

It’s easy to become focused on the tomorrows that might come, attaching worry to that imaginary image.

Here are some of Jesus’ words about worry:

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

—Matthew 6:28-34

 

What will I focus on today?

 

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