Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Dried Up Brook

This morning after a wonderful service at Church a really great friend of mine shared a verse with me that stuck out to her from the morning. With my homework assignment in hand I just had time to relook up the verse.

7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” 1 Kings 17:7-9 (NIV84).
 
The story continues where Elijah goes in Zarephath and finds the widow, she doesn't have much, only a little oil and a little flour. Elijah tells her to not be afraid and that God had said that the flour and oil would not run out until rain had returned to the land. And that's exactly what happens.

However the part that sticks out to me the most, the part my friend was encouraging me to get, is the first two sentences:  Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him.

Here's what sticks out to me: The word of the Lord came to Elijah AFTER the brook dried up. AFTER it dried up God spoke to him, directed him, and provided for him. Who would have thought that the dried up brook would have been the blessing? Who would have thought that Elijah walking through that would have set him up to hear from God and be put in the exact right place he needed to be. Elijah wouldn't have been ready to hear from God had the brook not dired up. Elijah would have never gone to the widow's house had the brook not dried up. Elijah and the widow and her son would not have been provided for had the brook not dired up.

Is there a brook in your life that's drying up? Maybe it's already dry. Remember from Elijah's story, sometime the brook needs to dry up for God to move. So let it dry up and tune your ears into God's voice, AFTER it's dry, He may just speak, direct, and provide.

3 comments:

  1. Loved this. Very relevant to my current situation. Thank you for posting.

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  2. Dalania, thank you so much for stopping by and that's great to hear!

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