“Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.” (1 Kings 17:7)
If you look closely, you can see a shimmer of light in the center of this photo. This shimmer is the reflection of light off of a little creek, or brook, behind our hotel room where we are staying for my son’s travel ball tournament. Last night it rained pretty hard and steady, and the brook’s flow was roaring heavily as it brought debris and trash along with it in its path. Today, the sun is shining brightly and the brook’s roar has mellowed into a faint trickle with its flood line decreased to almost nothing. Both scenarios are equally beautiful to watch. With no more rain, however, this brook will dry up completely.
Are you experiencing a drought of sorts in your life right now – maybe financially, emotionally, spiritually, etc? Do you find yourself completely ‘dry’ with no rain in sight to nurture and water your soul? If not a drought, then maybe troubles or trials have found their way in your path. If you are living, trials are inevitable.
Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 says “Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help.”
This is what Elijah did in 1 Kings 17. He waited on the Lord’s command to ‘go’. Elijah had no plan, other than to listen to the Lord’s command. God’s command for Elijah to leave the dried up brook and go to another land led Elijah to a woman who had nothing but one meal left for her and her son to eat. Elijah asked her to make him a loaf of bread to eat and a cup of water to drink. The lady refused, at first, for she knew the flour she had left would only feed her and her son one last time, and then they would prepare to die from hunger. Elijah requested she do so anyway and promised that her flour would never run out again. She made him the loaf of bread as he requested. Her jar of flour and jug of oil never ran out, just as the Lord promised through Elijah.
I am guilty of only seeing the ‘one last meal left’ with the dread of death awaiting me, so to speak, when that one last meal is gone. Through nature and in my quiet time this morning, God has reminded me that this ‘dread’ is nothing but lack of faith in God.
We are a people who have to see to believe, where Faith, on the other hand, is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name trust in you, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:9-10).
So, you don’t see the next step in front of you? Just wait on the Lord. Diligently seek His face, and wait for His guidance.
“Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help.” (Psalm 27:14)
God will make a way where there seems to be no way. Just wait on the Lord.