Arise to Love’s providing
If we’re feeling skeptical or doubtful that good is in store for us, we can let God inspire in us a conviction in “the divine spring of supply ... which excludes no one,” as this poem highlights.
Famine-engulfed land, parched and
rainless when Elijah, beacon-prophet,
heard God’s divine directive: “Get up
and go to Zarephath...I have ordered
a widow there to take care of you.”* So
indisputable, he just up and left,
any skepticism he may have felt
now voiceless to his meekness.
Get up. Latin surgere – to rise; arise;
get up – root word for “source” prods
me. God, divine Love itself, impels
deep within an immovable certainty of
Love as the one everywhere present
source, an ever flowing supply of
abundant spiritual good for God’s
children – everyone, then and now.
The widow with slim pickings, about
to make something for herself and son
to eat, then die, when Elijah said to
make him something first. Perhaps
doubt lingered a moment in defense
of having so little. But turning from her
own concerns, she made him a meal
first, then for her and her son.
They all ate for days.
Something rises in me, a vital sureness in
God’s endless fount, a yearning to re-source,
to go again, to go anew, afresh, every
moment to the divine spring of supply
– to get up with unreserved trust
in Love’s provision that excludes
Inspired by First Kings 17:1, 7-16
*Common English Bible
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