Waiting for the Rain

 

A long time ago, God gave Elijah a vision. 

One he fought for and refused to second guess.

He prayed earnestly for rain. He asked God to restore a land scarred by a three and a half year drought. He even went so far as to tell Ahab and all the people to listen out for the torrential downpour God promised would come. Elijah was more concerned with honoring God, than he was about his own reputation: a reputation that would have been dragged through the mud had the rain passed them by.

I love what Elijah did next.

“He climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees,”(1 Kings 18:41). He found his patch of holy ground and waited for God to turn his world upside down.

In this moment, Elijah never actually looks at the sky. He never raises his head from a bowed position to see whether the clouds have precipitation potential. Instead, he instructs his servant, “Go and look toward the sea,” (v. 43). On the seventh time, the servant tells Elijah, “We have cloud formation!” Not a downpour by any means– just one small cloud hovering over the sea.

Elijah trusted God even when his surroundings didn’t match up to the vision.  

This is where I mess up. 

Maybe this is where you mess up to. 

I get distracted by a lack of confirmation, a lack of break-though. 

This steals my focus from the One who is a circumstance-changer, a faith builder.

Sometimes when God nudges my heart I expect a downpour, when God’s perfect plan may be only a small cloud. 

A cloud whose purpose is to build and test my faith until the rain comes.  

If we look at Elijah, things didn’t happen all at once for him either. Before sheets of rain plummeted towards the earth, there was only a drizzle.

While we wait for God’s vision to be realized in our lives, there are a couple of things to do. We must stand on our own Mount Carmel, look towards the sea, and trust the promise will come.

Part of our process may be a season of famine. It may be a time of clinging to the last thing God said to do. It may be moments stretched into months of keeping our heads buried between our knees. 

But rest assured the journey with all its twists and turns will be worth it… 

….when the rain comes 

….and it will come.

“God gives us the vision {dream}, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we have patience.”  

~Oswald Chambers

 

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10.31.11

“A cloud whose purpose is to build and test my faith until the rain comes.” Very well put, Kelli.
Eileen recently posted..Focus on ThisMy Profile

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10.31.11

“Elijah trusted God even when his surroundings didn’t match up to the vision.” I love this, Kelli! I get distracted when the answer doesn’t come at once. But I want to keep praying until I see the cloud. Great encouragement today!

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10.31.11

Thanks awesome I mess up in this area a lot too thanks for sharing

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10.31.11

Hi Kelli – this is so true. I also start wondering if maybe I got it all wrong. I love the quotation at the end. Really profound.
God bless
Tracy

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10.31.11

I love that story of the rain, and just like Elijah we too can pray for rain. But we have to know who we are in God and know that God does it all. I also know about how the prophet prayed for the time to stop in the Old Testament and the time of day actually stopped all because this man prayed and believed in God.

The story is found in Joshua 10:13-15 which says, So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel! Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.

Great post sis love it
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This post ministered to me more than you could know! I love this story, thank you!
Carrie
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10.31.11

This is a very inspirational post, thanks for sharing.
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10.31.11

Elijah trusted God even when his surroundings didn’t match up to the vision.

This is where I have messed up a time or two…faith falling short because of what I cannot see. Thank you for this post and for helping me see this story about Elijah in a new light.
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10.31.11

I love this…he followed even when his circumstances didn’t line up with the vision! I always want to jump ahead of God…lessons learned 🙂

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10.31.11

I love this thought… “Sometimes when God nudges my heart I expect a downpour, when God’s perfect plan may be only a small cloud.” The training field is made up of small clouds and they hover over our refinement and sanctification… there can be no downpour without the clouds! Love you!

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10.31.11

Kelli,

Oh my goodness do I mess up here too! I get so distracted by my circumstances I forget that God is as work even when I don’t see it. Kelli, you have no idea how much this spoke to me today. Blessings to you.

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Oh, my dear Kelli – the rains will indeed come! His promises will unfold one by precious one! Thank you for reminding me of this today.
Many blessings 🙂
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This totally speaks to me where I am today. Just earlier I was asking God for confirmation but instead of keeping my eyes on Him, I started looking around. Thanks!
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Wonderful encouragement Kelli! We all fall into the trap of “looking for results” when we beseech God for something, but as you noted, just because He doesn’t respond in the time we think he should, or in the way we think He should, doesn’t mean He didn’t respond.

Have a Blessed Day!
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10.31.11

Oh boy do I get impatient when the answer doesn’t come right away! I needed to hear this!
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10.31.11

This is so true… Thank you for sharing this very inspiring and motivational story… Everything is possible, we all nee to wait for the God’s perfect time to answer are requests..
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