These are the days of Elijah!
At least in our church they are. HiSKidZ in our elementary programs have been learning through High Voltage Ministry’s Curriculum about God’s faithfulness to Elijah and how “life is full of ups and downs but God is faithful.”
I love Elijah’s stories because they are filled with miracles, power and the kinds of things that just make kids (and their teacher) go, “Woah, Awesome!”
Birds bringing happy meals, a widow baking lots and lots and lots of bread out of next to nothing, the resurrection of a child, the total domination of the prophets of Baal, and the Spirit inspired ability to run faster than a speeding chariot are all part of Elijah’s encounters with the One true God.
As we come to the end of our lessons, we see Elijah in a cave on the mountain of God where He receives a message from the Lord wanting to know what he’s doing there.
Elijah tells God the things He already knows concluding with something sort of like, “Um, trying not to get killed.”
Then God says to him, “Go out. Stand on the mountain in front of me. I’m going to pass by.”
And as the Lord approached, a very, very, very powerful wind tore the mountains apart, breaking up the rocks.
But the Lord wasn’t in the wind.
After that wind there was an earthquake.
But the LORD wasn’t in the earthquake.
After the earthquake a fire came.
But the LORD wasn’t in the fire.
(At this point I do have to wonder a bit what Elijah was feeling. . .fear of the Lord is my top answer on the board!)
And then after the fire, there was only a gentle whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he pulled his coat over his face, and he went and stood at the entrance to the cave, where he and the LORD talked.
Elijah once again told God about the story He already knew, and about the fears God was already taking care of, and the LORD GOD JEHOVAH told him to keep going; it was going to be okay; there were others; he was not alone. After the mighty display of God’s power, God quietly reminded Elijah that there was still work to do, and God would be there with him to do it.
It’s so important that we share Elijah’s story with our children. For one, they need to know the awesome power of our miracle-working God.
They need to know that as His children, even when times are hard, the pressure is on and we feel alone, God is with us.
But even more, they need to know that His reminder may in some great announcement, but in the gentle whisper of the God who loves us. So we need to listen to His voice and follow His call, because the One who calls us is always faithful.
You can check out more of Elijah’s story in I Kings 17-19