By Rebekah Leavell
“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 [Elijah] 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.” I Kings 17:2-6
I read this passage again for the first time since we entered this season in world history. We have never experienced or even seen anything like this fictionalized accurately in the movies before. I am finding myself looking around more for humor in life when most things seem so negative these days. So, as I read this story of Elijah the prophet, my mind conjured up an image that it never would have thought of a couple months ago. Birds acting as a Door Dash delivery service in a season of being isolated! It gave me a chuckle!
As I contemplated on Elijah’s situation, I could see some aspects that we can now connect with in ways we could not before! God Himself sent Elijah into quarantine and isolation, but Elijah had no ability to connect with any essential services or supplies, as we still do. I am very grateful! For him, it’s not like he could have pulled out his smart phone and ordered pizza delivery! Elijah had no ability to care for himself! He had to act in complete faith that if God was isolating him with no way to find what he would need for survival, then God would provide for him. What did Elijah think that first day when he saw birds bringing him take out? What an amazing sight and incredible relief that would have been!
Throughout these several weeks navigating this pandemic, I have had to struggle through bouts of worry regarding the food supply chain staying intact as I know farmers are having a rough go of it. Will we have what we need? Will food be stocked on any store shelves when we need it? What happens if things opening back up causes another wave which will force us into more isolation? What happens if everything falls apart and we don’t know how to feed our families?
The truth hit me from this passage! Well, it may or may not be birds who bring us delivery with Door Dash, but God will always provide for His own! If God has allowed us to be in this season of isolation, then we can trust that He will care for us through it.
God used birds to feed Elijah! Regarding birds, in Matthew 10:29-31 Jesus said,
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Our Heavenly Father sees and cares for each bird, even those that are the smallest, least noteworthy, and commonplace. He will not forget about you! As the old hymnwriter said, “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”
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The prophet Habakkuk penned one of the most beautiful expressions of this kind of faith. Living in an agricultural society, he knew that the worst case scenario that could happen would be no food. Yet, read what he says here.
“Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.”
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