It’s at those difficult times in your story where you really discover who and what you depend on. I’ve been in that story, more times than I care to admit. It’s never easy. No matter how many times I get to that point. I’ve been in those “transitional seasons” multiple times where what we used to see come in to help provide shelter and put food on the table suddenly disappears. And you turn to your loved ones and ask, “What are we going to do?”
Through “Story” the Lord reminds us where our dependence, our trust, our hope, our provision comes from. One of our Essential 50 Biblical Stories in our Classic Bridges curriculum includes the Story of Elijah and how during a drought leading to a famine, God provides exactly what Elijah needs and when he needs it. The 1 Kings 17 passage is rich with Story and starts with:
Elijah Announces a Great Drought
17 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe[a] in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”
Elijah Fed by Ravens
2 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”
5 So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
This story is amazing in many ways but I particularly like how God can use even small animals, like ravens, to provide what we need – even before we consider it or ask. Then after the brook dries up in this passage, God provides more provision but this time through people but that is another Story to discover in 1 Kings 17:6-24.
As followers of Jesus, we know where our dependence and hope comes from. It’s from the Lord, our Jehovah Jireh, provider of all. Our prayers and trust in HIM do release HIS provision and it’s on HIS timeframe not ours. The waiting, the seeking, the asking, the patience, the moments of true trust and dependence on HIM and waiting for HIM to show up, has matured me the most in my life. What I’ve experienced in what many would call “dark times” are HIS caring, compassionate love, and timely intervention at my breaking point. I have been truly surprised by checks that show up in the exact amount I needed to pay a bill or a financial gift that allows me to continue travel to minister to a friend in need. Many times (ok, most of the time) this provision comes at the very last moment just right before I start to cancel a trip or call a creditor or to just throw my hands-up and give up.
So who and what are you depending on these days? Turn to the one who provides ALL and He will not let you down. Just like Elijah turned to the Lord and obeyed His commands and God provided water with a brook and bread and meat through ravens. Everything is under His command.