the dry brook Cherith

“And the ravens brought him (Elijah) bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.” (1 Kings 17: 6-7 ESV)

September has felt like a month where we were living by a brook that dried up. God had been so gracious and abundant in his blessings on us this year, that it was easy to rejoice in a place of comfort. But then it seemed like our brook of blessings disappeared, with no clear answer in sight. For the first time, probably in our lives together, we completely had to walk by faith and not by sight. We were out of options. There was no option of us doing a little and trusting God to do the rest – the only option was to pray and let God do it all.

I love this chapter in 1 Kings. God brings Elijah to the brook, and daily sends ravens to feed him – dramatic provision. But then, the brook dries up. Elijah has no choice but to wait for God to provide and tell him what to do next. He meets a widow, who is also out of food (drought). God gives a word to Elijah, Elijah shares it with the widow, they are both faithful, and then God sustains all three of them. But then her son dies. What next? First the brook dries up, there is a drought and no more food, and then her son dies? Again, Elijah has no choice but to wait for God to provide and direct. Elijah “cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child’s life come into him again.” And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. 23 And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives.” 24 And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”” (1 Kings 17: 21-24 ESV)

Would all that have happened if Elijah hadn’t spent time by the brook Cherith, when the brook dried up? What a powerful display of God’s provision and sovereignty. But first, Elijah had to be faithful. And wait. Before God could do something powerful THROUGH Elijah, and he had to first do something IN Elijah.

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Last night during family devotions, Jake read this verse from Proverbs: “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests the hearts.” (Proverbs 17:3 NKJV). Just like the refining process for silver and gold, God refines our hearts… like with a furnace – a fire. I really hope that our time “by the brook” has come to an end. But I do know that this month provided our little family with a chance to be completely dependent on God, and we were refined because of it.

Yesterday evening, we finalized plans with a nanny to start watching our boys next week! Our search is over! Thank you to everyone who reached out, helped us with our search, and PRAYED for us. I am feeling physically better and more capable than I have in a couple weeks. Time to enjoy the last month of this pregnancy 🙂

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