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Transformation Garden - February 16, 2020

  • 2020 Feb 16

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:

“Let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily and cleverly clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us. Looking away from all that will distract, to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith.”

Hebrews 12: 1,2

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“It is very easy to fall into the habit of doubting, fretting, and wondering if God has forsaken us and if, after all, our hopes are to end in failure. Let us refuse to be discouraged. Let us refuse to be unhappy…Let us rejoice by faith, by resolution, by reckoning, and we shall surely find that God will make the reckoning real.”

Author unknown


Today’s Study Text:

“And she (the widow) said, ‘As the lord your God lives, I have not a loaf baked but only a handful of meal in the jar and a little oil in the bottle. See, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it -- and die.’”

1 Kings 17: 12

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“At Your Wit’s End”

“Take courage, and turn your troubles, which are without remedy, into material for spiritual progress. Often turn to our Lord, who is watching you, poor frail little being as you are, amid your labors and distractions.”

Francis de Sales

What is it that has me feeling like I am at my ‘Wit’s End’?

Is there a distraction in my life which has kept me from focusing on Jesus, who can deliver me?

“Do not get discouraged; it may be the last key in the bunch that opens the door.”



“At their wit’s end, then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out” (Psalm 107: 27-28, K.J.V.).

Many years ago, Jim and I had the pleasure of visiting the quaint town of Carmel, California. We had been on a long, tiring business trip, meeting with clients for over a week. On the return trip home, we decided to spend the weekend by the ocean. The particular costal area where Carmel is located is absolutely breathtaking, in my opinion. So it was a wonderful place to stop and regroup for a few days.

For those of you who have never been to Carmel, it is, in my mind, like an English village with small cottages, which in some cases, are even thatched roof dwellings.

One of the unique features in this little town is the fact that the houses aren’t numbered. They are named. Interesting names like “Cat’s Meow.” But one of the names on a house really caught my eye. It was “Wit’s End.” The expression “wit’s end” in the English language is referred to as an “idiom,” which is a style of verbal artistic expression. It can be typical of a particular individual or even a period of time. As an idiom, “wit’s end” is be defined as being, “at the end of one’s limits -- emotionally and mentally.” But it can also mean that you are completely at a loss as to what to do. Sound familiar? Have you even been at your “wit’s end”? Are you so upset and discouraged you have absolutely no idea what will happen next or where you should go from here?

I’ll even go one step further. Are you feeling at your “wit’s end” because you think God is letting you down with His apparent silence.  Or do you feel there is an immeasurable distance from your heartfelt need; and your Father in heaven.

Don’t think you are alone! Not right now. And certainly not if you read the Bible. Look at the state of affairs we find the widow of Zarephath in.

Think how you would have felt, getting up in the morning. You are a single mom, with a young boy to feed. But here’s the catch, there’s not enough meal in the house even to bake a loaf of bread. Not enough oil to hold the meal together, either. With the little strength you have left, you climb out of bed and take a familiar walk outside the city gate so you can collect a few sticks and build a fire, hoping all the while you’ll be able to create something that will at least take away your hunger pangs for one last day. Remember, when Elijah asked for a morsel to eat, he was in actuality asking only for a tiny bite of bread, and the poor widow had to inform God’s servant she didn’t even have enough meal to make one tiny biscuit. She had, basically, nothing to give. Yes, indeed, she was at her “wit’s end.”

I feel for this precious lady in two ways. First of all, she was a mother. And nearly all the moms I know would lay down their lives to see that their children don’t go hungry. They’ll work three jobs -- morning and night -- it doesn’t matter. If necessary, they’ll skip a meal to see that their children are fed. Obviously, this was the kind of mother the widow was. What’s more, after she and her son partook of the meager ingredients left in their house, she’d have to face another hurtle -- telling her little boy that they had run out of food.

Please let me add, with childhood hunger in America at over 20% and world hunger for children even at a more alarming high, there are way too many moms today living the life of the widow of Zarephath.

My second reason for feeling bad for this mom is that as we have learned, this foreigner, a supposed Baal-worshipping heathen, was a hospitable person. Even though she had little to nothing, she had already responded to God’s command to show kindness to God’s servant, Elijah. If I’d been in her shoes, I would have done just as she did. I would immediately have scurried off to get Elijah a drink of water, hoping against hope he wouldn’t ask for more -- say food. Like Mother Hubbard, her cupboard was bare.

However in this case, the widow was stopped short of accomplishing a hasty get-away by Elijah’s additional request for a “morsel” of food.

What was the widow to do? The only thing she could honestly do and that was to tell Elijah about the painful fix she was in. Yes, she admitted to Elijah, she was at her “wit’s end.” Down to the bottom of the barrel. Nothing to eat. No meal. No oil.

And here’s where things get very interesting. For the widowed mom, life was over. She and her son were going to die. For Elijah, what a let down to find out God had sent him on a hundred mile wild goose-chase, only to let him land in the lap of lack and poverty.

Now be honest with me, if you were Elijah, wouldn’t you have wanted God to tell you why in the world He would guide you to a place where the food had run so low there was barely enough for one last meal?

Well, this story isn’t over -- Praise God! I told you it gets interesting! But neither is your story or mine over either, for in the words of Horace Bushnell, “Never think you could do something if you only had a different lot and sphere assigned to you. What you call hindrances, obstacles, discouragements, are God’s opportunities.” And believe me, God’s opportunity is hovering over your life right now. Just trust, and wait, and see!

“Believe that (God) is there between you and your difficulty, and what baffles you will flee before Him, as clouds before the gale.”

F. B. Meyer


Wit’s End Corner

“Are you standing at “Wit’s End Corner,”

Christian, with troubled brow?

Are you thinking of what is before you,

And all you are bearing now?

Does all the world seem against you,

And you in the battle alone?

Remember -- at “Wit’s End Corner”

Is just where God’s power is shown.

Are you standing at “Wit’s End Corner,”

Blinded with wearying pain,

Feeling you cannot endure it,

You cannot bear the strain,

Bruised through the constant suffering,

Dizzy, and dazed, and numb?

Remember -- at “Wit’s End Corner”

Is where Jesus loves to come.

Are you standing at “Wit’s End Corner”?

Your work before you spread,

All lying begun, unfinished,

And pressing on heart and head,

Longing for strength to do it,

Stretching out trembling hands?

Remember -- at “Wit’s End Corner”

The Burden-bearer stands.

Are you standing at “Wit’s End Corner”?

Then you’re just in the very spot

To learn the wondrous resources

Of Him who faileth not;

No doubt to a brighter pathway

Your footsteps will soon be moved,

But only at “Wit’s End Corner”

Is the “God who is able” proved.”

Antoinette Wilson

Your friend,

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus

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