I chose the name of this blog from the introduction to the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 17:1-7. Since college, I have returned time and again to this short story and it is still one of my favorites involving my favorite prophet. (I named my first-born Elijah.) I am thankful to my past Young Life boss, Steve Sherwood, for introducing me to this story in an intern meeting years ago and teaching us from this passage.
The Lord introduces us to Elijah immediately following the introduction to Ahab’s reign in Israel, the most evil king in Israel’s history. Through Elijah, the Lord announces a drought on Israel. Elijah is then sent into hiding by the Lord:
“And the word of the Lord came to him: ‘Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.’ So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.” (1 Kings 17:2-7)
This story is reminiscent of the people of Israel’s wanderings in the desert when the Lord fed them manna from heaven daily. Elijah is completely and utterly dependent on the Lord for these few years as ravens bring him bread and meat each and every morning and evening. What strikes me the most is that through this whole time, because there was no rain in the land, the brook Cherith is steadily and slowly drying up. And yet, day after day, Elijah drinks from that brook, watching it go down slowly from day to day, week to week, month to month. And he waits patiently, trustingly on the Lord his God, knowing His promises never fail.
This is the lesson I have been learning for years and years…to trust the Lord even as I watch the brook dry up. To sit patiently by the dwindling brook waiting upon the Lord, knowing He is my Provider. And so we have the title and theme of this blog. Happy reading. I pray it is uplifting and edifying to you.