the little bit

I Kings 17:14 “…The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.” (NIV)* 


Did her hands shake

as she handed him the bread?

From the corner of her eye

did she see her son languish,

and wonder?

Did hunger pains sear–

churning in a cavernous stomach?

Yet, trusting him, she obeyed

and was blessed.

God provided daily–

just as he said he would.


by Patty Perkins


Elijah asked the widow to make him a cake of bread with the little bit of flour and oil she had. Then, to make one for herself and her son. He said the flour and oil would not run dry until it rained.

She did as he asked. She handed the first cake of bread over to this God-speaking stranger. Everyday there was flour and oil until it rained on the land…just as he had said.

Though difficult, there’s a precious dependence on the Lord in the land of scarcity. The widow was faithful with the little bit she had. That’s all he asks. Then, he goes about the business of providing daily needs. Sigh.


I Kings 17:16 “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.” (NIV)*


I Kings 17:14-16 is in the June 16th reading of The One Year Bible.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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