Filling Up on Faith

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

“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 17:16 NIV
We set out for a long drive,
The gas tank nearly full.
We drove for several hours;
Had things under control.
Then we got stuck in traffic;
Our gas gauge, not too low.
But nobody was moving.
Two hours of stop and go.
The gas light started flashing.
I heard its warning sound!
The needle moved to empty;
No exits to be found.
You can bet I was praying!
We hardly moved at all.
And when we did it felt like
The car was going to stall.
But after miles of crawling,
And lots and lots of prayer,
An exit in the distance!
Sure hoped we’d make it there.
And finally… a gas station!
I breathed a prayer of thanks.
We pumped 15.95 gallons
Into our gas tank.
(it holds only 16 gallons!)
I was reminded then of
The widow in God’s Word
Whose oil never ran out;
As God Himself ensured.
It doesn’t say He filled it.
But it did not run dry,
Like our gas tank on empty
That, thank God, did not die.
It was a great reminder –
Sometimes God lets us go
To dark and desperate places,
His grace and power to show.
It’s there we learn we’re helpless;
That we’re not in control,
But that God is supplying-
Our greater faith, His goal.
So next time I won’t panic
When in an empty place.
I’ll know God’s got me there ‘cause
I’m filling up on faith.
“And my God will meet all your needs
according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 NIV
©Lisa DeVinney, April 2014

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