“So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.””
II Kings 4:2 NKJV #but #onefortheroad #contrary #objection #exception #reservation
Life as we have experienced can constrict us to accept a fate against our will, as events and circumstances can be scripted so unfavorably and impose upon us little or no choice in the outcome. And so we seemingly and helplessly conclude that there is nothing more we can do to change the outcome. Amazingly, just before we conclude on what is deemed inevitable, the word BUT is introduced in our final statement. And whether it is intentional or otherwise, once this word has been introduced, the outcome must be reexamined. For the word "but" suggests the contrary. It is an objection, an exception, a reservation.
The widow in the text concluded that she had nothing when asked what she had in the house. However, in an attempt to elaborate her claim she employed the word "but" ( but a jar of oil). And once she did, what was termed nothing became something no matter how small or insignificant. For it was "but a jar of oil" that became many vessels of oil as the story progressed.
Friend! My prayer for you is that you discern,identify and maximize every BUT in the equation of whatever circumstance you find yourself. And that you won't naively conclude against a potential. That no matter how bleak it may seem, a BUT will emerge; will insist otherwise. For it is not over till you rise over it because a BUT will intervene,interfer, interrupt, interplay.