“Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:17-18, NIV)
“The seventh time the servant reported, ‘A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.’ So Elijah said, ‘Go and tell Ahab, “Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.”’” (1 Kings 18:44, NIV)
Elijah was a frail human just like you and I are frail humans. His human vulnerability is actually seen immediately following this epic story of triumph recorded in 1 Kings 18, as he goes running for his life with a death wish wrapped around his emotions. The point is, frail humans are God’s chosen instruments for moving massive mountains on this earth. Are you feeling wobbly today? Great! You are a perfect candidate to be used mightily by Him!
What captures my attention about this story is Elijah’s sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. Long before there was any audible noise of rain in the natural realm, he had already heard the sound of a torrential downpour in spirit. So convinced was he of what his Lord had shown him, that a minute little cloud was enough of a sign for him. He was so tuned into God’s subtleties that he recognized the minute wisp of moisture particles as Heaven’s communication. He ran with it. He moved into action immediately, releasing the monumental prophetic announcement, “The drought is over!” And truly, it was.
When you have been praying and praying, and all you can see on the horizon of your circumstances is a tiny, subtle shift, how do you respond? In spite of being a frail human like Elijah, will you believe what God has promised you? Will you run with it?