5 He lay down under the tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said, “Wake up and eat.” 6 He looked around and saw a loaf of bread and a jar of water near his head. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 The Lord‘s angel returned and woke him up a second time, saying, “Get up and eat, or the trip will be too much for you.” 8 Elijah got up, ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to walk forty days to Sinai, the holy mountain. 9 There he went into a cave to spend the night. / I Kings 19
This story is one that comes to mind at times when life is a little too much. If you haven’t read the whole story, take a minute to do so. Elijah had the privilege of being fed by an angel while in the wilderness. But that wasn’t the whole story, it was just a pit stop in the road.
But what does stand out to me is the obvious … God cares for us. And He cares about the daily needs of our life. But not just our lives, but also the lives of people around us. God knew Elijah had just confronted and destroyed prophets of Baal, and Jezebel made threats to chase him down … And Elijah runs. But God saw Elijah in the wilderness and provided for his needs. God saw Elijah, and He cared. Anybody can have a wilderness season in life, but I believe God cares.
Elijah is not the only person that God took care of in their pit stop through the wilderness. Hagar and Ishmael /Genesis 21:17-21 we see God taking care of them. Abraham and Isaac /Genesis 22:8 God provides a sacrifice. Moses and the Israelites /Exodus 16, we see God’s care and provision by feeding them. I will stop there. God cares about us. He loves us. He also plans for our future. In all three instances … even in the wilderness season … God acknowledged what happened to them in the past, and sometimes had to correct them about their situation … But He also instructed them about their future. He knew they had to keep moving forward … He knew the past pain had been great, but the future plan was greater and He gave hope and He gave direction and He gave provision.
Wilderness places give space and time to reflect on the past, maybe fears, failures, disappointments or hurts, and God is there with you and can take care of you in your present wilderness circumstances, but He doesn’t stop there … don’t forget to look for the corrected path and listen for the future instructions. He just might have more to say.