It is all about the journey….

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Too Great

Recently I have been studying 1 Kings in the Old Testament. The stories of Elijah the prophet intrigue me. I marvel at his bold courage as he taught truth to those who would not believe.

Too GreatAfter he calls upon the Lord to slay the priests of Baal, he finds himself alone and hunted. It must have felt so overwhelming to have to continue his ministry in this manner. The scriptures paint us a picture of his heavy heart:

But he himself went a day’s journey unto the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. 19:4

I marveled at this, because of the immense faith he had to have to call down fire from heaven…and yet, he was tired, alone and heavy.

After he uttered this prayer, he laid down and went to sleep.

Like all of our prayers, his was answered…but not how he thought he wanted it to be answered.

Twice an angel of the Lord awoke him and told him to eat a cake that had been miraculously baked and drink of water placed by his head. As the angel woke him the second time, the angel said, “Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.” And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.” 19:7-8

As I read, “the journey is too great for thee” my heart was profoundly touched. Rather than taking him, the Lord sent him strength in the form that Elijah needed the most. He gave him food for his soul and, a short time later, a friend who would sustain him.

There have been times in my life that I have asked that the path that I am on be changed and my burdens be taken from me. I have begged for relief and the dawn of peace to come. I too, have laid down to sleep when I have felt my strength spent.

Like Elijah, the Lord has answered my prayers, not in the way that I thought I wanted them answered.

There have been countless blessings of “food” and “drink” for my soul that have miraculously come when I had nothing left to give, when the journey was too great for me.

As I have worked on softening my heart through repentance and gratitude, He has blessed me with ‘eyes to see’ the things that He has done for us. He has given my heart a deeper understanding of the growth that He needed us to experience. He has shown me that He is in every aspect of our lives. His miracles are real.

I can honestly say that I am truly grateful for a path that has been too great for me, because it has allowed me to see His hand in my life. I am thankful for all of the struggles, because I now see that He delivers us every time. I am thankful for the ‘night’ that has allowed me to see the little bits of light that I would have overlooked before.

 

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Nothing Left

The WellThere is a woman in the Old Testament that I have always admired. She lived at a time when the heavens were sealed by the prophet Elijah. Her life was not one of luxury, simply living day to day. Her greatest blessing was her son and her faith in the God of Israel. She is simply referred to as the widow of Zarephath.

I am sure the day she met Elijah her heart was heavier than what she could bear. Her cupboards were almost completely empty, with no hope of relief on the horizon. She had just enough for her and her son to survive one more day.  I wonder how often she had gone to the Lord in prayer, tears streaming down her face, pleading for deliverance…more for her beloved son than for herself. I wonder how she found the strength to take each step that led her to her destination that day.

And yet, when Elijah asked her to fetch him some water, she went. Then came the question that I am sure caused her heart to plummet into her stomach….”Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.” Her response speaks volumes of her heart:

And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

I have often wondered why the Lord would require such faith from one who had offered so many prayers, sought His will and did her best to do it. She had only the words spoken from a stranger to give her any sort of hope or strength:

“And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day taht the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.”(1Kings 17)

She had nothing left in her soul, but the faith she had succored each day. With that faith, she did as he asked and was blessed just as was promised.

As I pondered the turn our life has taken at this time and the many questions that continue to be asked, my mind was directed to this story. Today, I feel as I have nothing left. I see into her heart a little clearer and will follow the example she set. The little faith I do my best to succor each day. I do my best to keep my heart soft through prayer and studying of the scriptures so that I may be ready when an answer comes.

I learned today that when we have nothing left, it is when the promises can be fulfilled. It is when our hearts only have Him to look to for deliverance, that He can come.

Just as this woman was blessed, I know we too shall find our barrel filled and our oil sustained. He has never left us. He has never failed us.

Promised Land

A few months ago I wrote about our Purposeful Wanderings and what we had learned in the process of finding our Promised Land. For whatever reason I thought we had learned ‘enough’ forDSCN1076 that time. I am sure Heavenly Father had a good chuckle with that one, knowing what was to come. I am thankful He has a wonderful sense of humor.

Once we stepped into our Promised Land, we have continued to learn through trial, fire, faith, struggles and pure determination. It has been one of the most refining experiences we have ever gone through. (more…)

Purposeful Wanderings

file0001119394301This year I decided to make a greater study of the Old Testament. I have found an amazing treasure of knowledge in the pages of this blessed book. It has enhanced all of my other scripture studies as it sheds a greater light on the history and purpose of the prophets we learn from. (more…)

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