If I do the calculations, based on my current writing speed, it seems obvious that I will run out of days before I get all the words on paper. What do I do? Skip all the Christmas parties? Neglect friends and family and Christmas preparations? Work late into the night every night? Start drinking Red Bull? Panic?
This morning I was understandably feeling a bit overwhelmed about the amount of work to be completed in the next week and a half. The reading today was from 2 Kings 4. It is the story of a widow in debt. In such a great debt that they are threatening to come and take her children from her to sell them as slaves. She called Elisha the prophet of God to help her. He asks her, "What do you have?" She replies, "Nothing. I have nothing." Small pause. "Well, I have a little oil." So Elisha tells her to gather all the jars she can from friends and neighbours and start pouring. She does what he tells her to do and the oil just keeps coming until every last jar is full and then it stops. The money from selling all the oil was enough to pay her debts and support her family for the foreseeable future.
So the question is, "What do I have?" Well, I have a little bit of time. I have a little idea of what I want to say. I have a little research done. I have a little bit written. Lots of "littles." But that seems to be enough in God's economy. I will take what little I have and starting pouring it into my essays and not stop until the last page is done.
the photo: a little bit of olive oil I have in my cupboard.