1 Kings 17:8-10a (NLT)
Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.” So he went to Zarephath.
What do you do when you have no clue as to where you are going or even know why you are traveling in a particular direction? What do you do when you feel vulnerable, insecure, and afraid? What do you do when you feel like everything and everyone is against you and you are seemingly being hit from every direction imaginable? What do you do when you are so uncomfortable that you feel like giving up?
You remember that the moment you’re on edge, the moment everything seems to be completely confused and you’re so scared you can’t begin to move, is the very moment that something good is going to happen. A miracle is waiting right when we get to the edge where we feel the most unsafe and vulnerable.
Elijah was already having a rough time with King Ahab because he told him what God told him to say. Ahab, of course, was an evil king who had no regard for God or his messengers, so he just had it out for Elijah. The land was going through a drought during that time as well and the environment was particularly dangerous for God’s prophet. Yet God told Elijah to walk over 100 miles to Zarephath to meet a widow who would take care of him. Just imagine Elijah thinking to himself, The land is dangerous. King Ahab wants to kill me. And a widow is supposed to protect me. This is crazy. God, do you have any better ideas?
But Elijah didn’t say that. He didn’t throw up his hands and walk in the other direction. He didn’t complain though he had a definite right to do so. Instead, he simply obeyed. He followed God’s plan and ultimately trusted his will and guidance. God often allows us to be put on edge, to be scared out of our minds because it forces us to trust on him. Pushed to the edge of any situation in life, we can do nothing but trust. It is at that point that we have to leave behind any idea that we can change situations God calls us into.
You don’t need a miracle when everything is going well in your life. You don’t need a miracle when everything is going just as you have planned for it to go. You don’t need a miracle when everything is convenient and the path is clearly laid out before you. You need a miracle in those moments when you are on the edge and when you are uncomfortable in every way. Stop in those moments and realize that when you feel the most uncomfortable, God wants you to be obedient and to trust Him so you can see the miracle he has for you.
“We have very little faith in the Lord, very little trust. If we trusted the Lord as much as we trust a friend when we ask him to do something for us, neither we as individuals nor our whole country would suffer so much.”
— Thaddeus of Vitovnica