The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry… 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 … 1 Kings 17:14-16
This week I finally said good-bye to an old friend of mine. We have known each other for the past seven years and first met when I was a sophomore in college. It was with great sadness on Tuesday I watched the last few squirts of gel squeeze out of my bottle of Gillette Shaving Gel. Our time together was over. It was the end of an era.
This little bottle was indeed like the widow’s jug of oil that just never seemed to run out. As I tossed it in the trash I took a brief trip down memory lane to think of some of the things that have changed in the past seven years. I graduated from college, moved back in with my parents, got my first car, got my first job, quit my first job, fell in love and got married, went back to school, and finally moved out.
Perhaps the longevity of the bottle is more a reflection of my lack of facial hair and grooming habits than it is of God’s miraculous provision, but as I look back on these seven years I am overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness to me. Seeing as it’s Thanksgiving, and yes I realize that I’m a day late, I encourage you to take time to reflect on the ways that God has taken care of you and share those stories of faithfulness with those around you. I know it sounds strange, but today I’m thankful for Gillette shaving gel!