Keep It Moving by Stephanie Rice

          “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook of Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it shall be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there…. And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land…” 1 Kings 17:3-4, 7


            One of the lessons I am learning and trying to cope with is discerning the difference between a stepping stone and a settlement. In fact if I am honest, this principle is something that has brought me quite a bit of pain and frustration throughout the course of my life. I get very comfortable where I am. I set up relationships, routines, and residence in situations and places. And just when I find the right balance and resolve, my time runs out and I am forced to pack my things and begin a new journey. And when I find my new locale is in a less than desirable place, someplace I said I would never go or want to return, I am reminded that it is only temporary. A stepping stone God has prepared for me so that I can not only get the rest and refreshment I need but also my next assignment.

This is where we find Elijah above. He had just given the word calling for a drought in the land after Ahab came to power, married Jezebel, and began to serve her god Baal. And right after Elijah gives his word from the Lord, the Lord, gives the above word to Elijah, move on I have prepared your next place for you.

So, what can we learn from Elijah here? Glad you asked. First,  recognize when your assignment is completed. As soon as Elijah gave the word to begin the drought, he left. Elijah didn’t stay around to see the effects of the drought. He didn’t stick around to see the reactions of the people, especially that of Ahab‘s or Jezebel‘s. He didn’t even stick around to gloat, point, and laugh. Elijah knew he had one job, to deliver the Word of the Lord, nothing else. He put everything but obedience to the side and kept it moving. You can not get your next assignment if you refuse to leave your completed one.             Another thing we can learn is that when God tells you to go, its time to go. Even if you are not sure about going, even if you don’t like where you are going, even if you don’t want to go, GO ANYWAY. If God is sending you someplace, He has prepared it and put everything in place that you need for your success and survival. He has a reason for you to go there. When Elijah followed God’s directive, he was put in a position to completely depend upon God. He had no entertainment, he had no buddies with him, he had no means of communication to or with anyone or anything from the outside world. It was just Elijah and God. Elijah found himself isolated from the world, so that he could be immersed in the presence and fullness of God. This was a designed fellowship ploy God put in place so that Elijah could get strengthened and be able to recognize God’s voice in any situation. And that came in handy when Jezebel scared Elijah and sent him on the run just two short chapters later. But what Elijah did have was a constant source of fresh water, meat, and bread. He was the only one in the land who did not face the dangers of starvation and dehydration. Your provisions are at your next step. Don’t find yourself starving because you don’t trust or like where God is leading you.

The last thing I will quickly run through is your obedience will impact others in a positive way. When God felt like Elijah was equipped, empowered, and energized, He sent him to Zarephath. When Elijah got to Zarephath, he began to impact the community. He gave assistance to a single mother. He helped to raise her son. He took him to another level and gave that boy a brand new life. And even though the text doesn’t say it, it is an impossible task to keep that kind of good news contained and away from the community. Somebody is waiting on you, somebody is going to be impacted by you, but it can’t happen if you stay where you are. Your layover is someone else’s lift off and up. But you can’t be a part of the solution if you are stuck in a dried up place. Don’t die in desolation when God has told you to move from your location.

We are in a major time of transition. It is scary, it is frustrating, it may even seem uncertain and crazy. But if you put your trust in the Lord and follow what He is saying, all of your needs will be met. It won’t be easy, but the alternative is harder. Whenever it was time for Elijah to leave in this passage he was walking away from death. Are you willing to die to stay in your comfort zone, or are you up for the challenge to move forward into the life God  has for you?


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2 comments so far

  1. Delina Hill-Brooker (@LionessDelina) on

    Thx for these wonderful words Stephanie. It is SO relevant to things that are going on today. We have to remember that God knows what’s best for us, better than we know for ourselves; and He’ll never put more on us than we can bare. I pray this blog uplifts many.

  2. magic of making up amazon on

    i have a really bad father son relationship between us two. from a kid i didnt spend a lot of time with my father and if i did we would do something he liked. i was always into computers and video games and he would be into cars. i used to tell him to play some racing video games so both could enjoy it ( i was far from wanting to play racing games but i tried ) but he would always say no because he didnt like video games or wasnt even wanting to try since i told him to teaxh him now but he would say i will just watch you play while i read my newspaper. after a few years ( now in my teen years ) i started realising i had almost nothing in common since we left our relation go. i have a great relationship with my mum and she would always say to him that he had to spend more time with us because at some point when we would get older he would lose us. i think thats happening now. i think he realised he had to spend more time but still he isnt making an effort. am always trying to show him our relationship isnt in good condition but i think he just doesnt notice. he suggest we go wash the car or go watch some rally and he knows am not interested in that but he still doesnt try to do something i like. i have really bad feelings about him now and i am doing everything to make him feel he lost me and has to do something. btw myfamily isnt divorced amd has no real problems. . . what shall i do?.

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