Although it has been several years, today I was thinking about the first year I planted my raised bed garden. I remember each morning I went out to check on my garden with excitement. I was so excited when I would see a small green bean or bell pepper or those tiny cucumbers forming—it brought me pure joy. My Aunt Sherry probably thought I was a little goofy because I got so excited and called her every time I found something new growing.

One morning, after finding small green beans and small bell peppers, I decided to check on a bush of blackberries I had found on my property. It was the very first year I saw blackberries growing. Upon searching the area, I could see several blackberries on the bushes. Again, I got excited! I love blackberries, and I wanted to make jelly—unfortunately, there was not enough to make jelly—at least not yet. I walked back into the house.

I stood in my kitchen and thought, “I wonder if there is enough for blackberry dumplings?” I got a bucket and walked back out. I picked a few berries and thought, “There is not enough.” It appeared it was far from enough. However, I continued to look for blackberries and found more berries.

After a short period of time, Breanne and the kids pulled in. Here come Bryson and Brailee. They wanted to help! Each of them found a small number of blackberries. They, too, were excited. It was probably not two handfuls, but I carried them inside, washed them, and put them aside.

Later, I turned the stove on and heated the berries. It looked like there were so few that it was pointless, but I did it anyway. I added sugar, mixed up the dumplings, and popped them in. Once they were done, I tasted them, and they were delicious. This was my first dessert with my own blackberries. What looked to be too little was more than enough.

Isn’t that how God works?

We often think we don’t have enough. Enough money. Enough resources. Enough time. Enough energy to accomplish our task. However, if we use what we have, God often adds His much to our little, and we have more than enough.

Think about the woman in the Bible with the jar of oil.

A man from the group of prophets had a wife. This man died, and his wife cried out to Elisha, “My husband was like a servant to you. Now he is dead! You know he honored the Lord. But he owed money to a man. Now that man is coming to take my two boys and make them his slaves!” Elisha answered, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” The woman said, “I don’t have anything in the house except a jar of olive oil.”

Then Elisha said, “Go and borrow bowls from all your neighbors. They must be empty. Borrow plenty of bowls. Then go to your house and close the doors. Only you and your sons will be in the house. Then pour the oil into all the bowls. Fill them and put them in a separate place.”

So the woman left Elisha, went into her house, and shut the door. Only she and her sons were in the house. Her sons brought the bowls to her and she poured oil. She filled many bowls. Finally, she said to her son, “Bring me another bowl.” But all the bowls were full. One of the sons said to her, “There aren’t any more bowls.” Then the oil in the jar was finished! When she told the man of God what had happened, Elisha said to her, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt. You and your sons can live on the money that is left.” (2 Ki 4:1-7)

It appeared she didn’t have enough – but God made a way for her to have more than enough.

And what about the woman of Zarephath?

So Elijah went to Zarephath. He went to the town gate and saw a woman there gathering wood for a fire. She was a widow. Elijah said to her, “Would you bring me a small cup of water to drink?” As she was going to get the water, Elijah said, “Bring me a piece of bread too, please.”

The woman answered, “I promise you, before the Lord your God, that I have nothing but a handful of flour in a jar and a little bit of olive oil in a jug. I came here to gather a few pieces of wood for a fire to cook our last meal. My son and I will eat it and then die from hunger.”

Elijah said to the woman, “Don’t worry. Go home and cook your food as you said. But first make a small piece of bread from the flour that you have and bring it to me. Then cook some for yourself and your son. The Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘That jar of flour will never be empty and the jug will always have oil in it. This will continue until the day the Lord sends rain to the land.’” So the woman went home and did what Elijah told her to do. And Elijah, the woman, and her son had enough food for a long time.  The jar of flour and the jug of oil were never empty. This happened just as the Lord said through Elijah. (1 Kings 17:10-15)

Again, God made a way where there seemed to be no way. I have seen this happen many times in my life. Times when I thought I didn’t have enough – but God put His much with my little, and it was always more than enough. A lesson I learned again that day with a few precious blackberries.

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