So in this week’s video we’re talking about how to make the most of our dry season. Trust me, there are blessings here too that I know you don’t want to miss. Are you waiting on God? Bored or frustrated with where you are in life? This video is for you.
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for the strength to honor you in every season I enter. Help me to wait on you as You prepare me for what’s next. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray. Amen.
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Hello Beloved! Today we are continuing our Daughters of Fire Series where we are learning life lessons and wisdom from Elijah in the Bible on how to live passionate lives for Jesus Christ. Last week we discussed Elijah’s bold confrontation of King Ahab, letting the king know that he was a servant of the One True God. Elijah also let the king know that there was about to be a severe drought in the land that would only stop at Elijah’s command.
Now as I was preparing this study I was excited to get to the part where God answers Elijah’s prayer with this consuming fire on Mount Carmel. And we are going to talk more about that later but before that miraculous event, something else happened that was equally important. Right after Elijah’s confrontation with King Ahab and right before God’s fire on Mount Carmel Elijah is called to hide in a ravine.
In 1 Kings 17:2-6 we read:
Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. – 1 Kings 17:2-6 NIV
Now as miraculous as this was, God proving food, shelter and protection for Elijah during this drought there was only one thing I thought of this particular season Elijah found himself in. How completely boring. Like, he’s by the ravine all by himself, eating the same food day in and day out. It doesn’t sound like the exciting ministry life I would expect from someone like Elijah.
Follow me here. Elijah just announced a severe drought in the land. And as the months go by with no rain, no precipitation, not even dew; can you imagine all the drama Elijah is missing out on. He’s at the ravine missing out on all the action, alone. I mean this was a dry season, I mean literally there was a drought, but also physically He was alone and isolated. He was just being still and waiting on the Lord next directive.
And this season in Elijah’s life really resonated with me while studying this text because at the time I too was in my own little ravine season, as I like to call them. You might call it a dry season. It was 2014 and I had big plans for Beloved Women that year. I had a plan and charted out all that I wanted to do in ministry that year. But due to circumstances I was unable to do any of it. God had called me to focus more on my family and health.
As I looked on social media I saw all my blogger friends continuing on as usual and I felt like I was missing out on all the action. Life was mundane and dry. But I believe that God called both Elijah and myself to ravine seasons to teach us one important thing: sometimes the hardest tests God will call you to is to simply be still.
We seek God’s will for our lives and we expect a list of do’s. We what to know what specific actions God wants us to take, we want to know where He wants us to go, we want to know what’s the next move. But sometimes God’s call on our life is no move at all. Sometimes our purpose is to stay right where we are. Ravine seasons are tests, they test to see if we trust God enough to be still. Do we trust God enough to take our hands completely off the wheel and let Him drive.
See we like to be in control. And when we’re doing and moving and changing things up we have the false sense that we can control the course of our lives. But when you find yourself in the boring and the mundane and God is calling you to stay there, it strips you of the idol of control, of the idol of thinking you have more power than you do.
Some of you are in seasons you are anxious to get out of but God has yet to open that door. Maybe you are in a season of singleness but you desire to get married. Maybe you are in a challenging season of marriage where God is growing both you and your spouse. Maybe you are in a job you don’t like or have been called to serve in your church in a capacity that is needed but is not your passion. Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom and you are drowning in dirty dishes and laundry.
These seasons are tests of you faith. They are here to make sure you are really ready for what’s next. Just because you desire something does not mean you are ready for it. Just because you can do something does not mean that you should. Elijah was fully capable of living out in the open but God called him to seclusion. God called him to a season where it would just be God and Elijah. And Elijah complied because he valued God’s will.
Our desire as Daughters of Fire should be the will of God. And sometimes, many times that is not glamorous. Sometimes that looks like changing diapers all day, helping an ungrateful boss, paying bills, or helping an elderly parent.Your small spark here will be your all-consuming fire later. Click To Tweet
But you know what I believe? I believe Elijah met God in that ravine. I believe He realized more of God’s presence and provision in that season alone by the ravine. Sometimes God pulls us away to show us who He is, to show us He is our provider and comforter. Sometimes the only way He can effectively do that is to strip us of the things of this world to meet Him in our ravine seasons. I encourage you today to seek the Lord no matter what season you are in. Ask Him to reveal to you what He wants you to learn from this season and ask for a heart ready to grow in whatever way it is that God wants you to.
This season by the ravine was so important for Elijah because there was no way Elijah could get to the fire of Mt. Carmel without going thought the ravine. The same is true for us. 1 Peter 1:7 tells us:
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. – 1 Peter 1:6-7
Your current season is preparing you for what’s next. It may not look like a lot but God can do a lot with a little. Your small spark here will be your all-consuming fire later. It is my prayer that you will not despise ravine seasons, because we cannot get to the fire until we go through the ravine.
Let’s keep this conversation going Beloved! Comment and let me know, have you ever been in a dry season or are you in one right now? And what is the greatest lesson God has taught you in this season?
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