From Royalty to a Raven

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Romans 12:12
af·flic·tion
(əˈflikSH(ə)n/)
noun
something that causes pain or suffering.

Be patient in affliction?  Really?
As Christians, we talk of “going deeper with our walk with Christ.”  OceansWe all sing about it.  Just like the song Oceans by Hillsong United,“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”  Churches sing these kind of songs every Sunday. But do we really believe the declarations we make when we sing it?  We talk about going deeper in our walk with Jesus, but what about when it takes you to a place of affliction?  Is that really what we meant when we said, “Whatever it takes Lord.”  Did that include affliction?
I have been reading 1 Kings this week about the prophet Elijah. The very first time he gets to say anything in the Bible, he speaks to King Ahab and the dreaded Jezebel to tell them “there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” (1 Kings 17:1)  Then the very next instruction Elijah got from God was to go hide by the brook and a raven will bring him food.
When Elijah was in front of the King, he must have thought… I am a leader, a spokesperson for God to THE King!  I was obedient and faithful to only say what I heard God tell me to say.  God put me before The King.  Then…God sends me to HIDE beside a brook and the nastiest of birds is to bring me bread in the morning and the evening.
He stayed there…until the brook dried up from the drought that God told him to tell King Ahab about.  He went from Royalty to a Raven.raven
It was while Elijah was hiding at the brook, getting his food from a bird, that he learned to walk deeper with God. We know this because when God sent him to the next place, (a town I can’t pronounce)  he brought a boy back from the dead.  A Lazarus kind of miracle.
I meant those words… whatever it takes Lord. And I had been elevated to an important position then God moved me to stay in my home for a year and a half while I walked through the side effects of chemo for breast cancer treatment.  It was a long and painful  season.  I finished the very last chemo treatment last week. That brook has dried up and it’s time to move on. I am seeking God on where He has for me to go now.  What is it He has for me to do next?
Like Elijah, I want to be faithful to do what God has for me today.  I don’t want to step over the mundane in search of the magnificent.  The everyday things that God has for me to do are important!  Jesus stopped to play with the children.  He didn’t heal Every sick person He saw. He saved some for His disciples. I want to be a faithful disciple and do what I see The Father do. But more than anything…I want to go deeper, no matter where it takes me.
Lord help me to Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Romans 12:12
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Your Turn:  How about you?  Have you ever sang these words?  What if God tells you to go hide instead of elevating you before Kings.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

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