Taken from 1Kings 18:1,2 --- Elijah spent much time with the widow and her son and it is of course not known exactly how long. It is estimated to be around three years. James, in his epistle, notes it lasted three and a half years. Of course, because of his threat to King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, he knew they must be searching after him. They would never suspect that he would be in Zarephath because it was a village who worshiped Baal. And God protected him at the house of a widow.
He was a man waiting for the signal to come from God to get back to King Ahab and after three and a half years finally received the message to confront King Ahab once again. He was anxious to get back to work. He was ready to move with might even though he knew he was walking toward danger since they were seeking him out for being the one who predicted this long and devastating drought.
He was anxious for the power of God to be manifested to these pagans who turned against the true God and did idol worship to Baal. He wanted the rain. He wanted the drought to stop and famine to end. God’s word to Elijah was, “I will send rain upon the earth.” This was to be the display of God’s power in response to the faith and faithfulness of his chosen servant Elijah. One man with God would prove to be a majority even though Israel was plagued with hundreds of false prophets.
There is a very powerful message here for us today and that is that God can not only do so much with one soul for the good of many but also that God’s power surpasses all of our science and technology. We are just as guilty as the Israelites of this time thinking that our science can give us what we need just like they believed in Baal. This is a message for today. We insist that given enough men, enough money, enough hours of research and experiments that we can come up with all the solutions to all of our human dilemmas. What a delusion! What an atheistic deception and unfortunately ----- this is being given to us now by our current Pope Francis and his environment jargon as well as our scientists and doctors with this plandemic.
In our day, just as in Elijah’s day --- God will decide and decree what will happen on planet earth. And if we see so much destruction --- it is because --- like the drought that occurred then --- it is a chastisement that will be corrected after enough suffering is experienced to get people to turn back to God and make reparation for their sins.
Like Elijah’s day, we are not only experiencing physical calamities – we are experiencing spiritual calamities at this time. So the rain that Elijah was excited to see come – he also knew that a great spiritual awakening would occur at the same time when people experience the true God of Israel refreshing the land with water. Elijah would help bring more than just rain. He would also bring revival of the faith of the people of Israel to the true God. This is why Elijah was so quick and obedient to go back to King Ahab and confront a King who was set out to kill him. It was all so worth it but it took tremendous faith and confidence in the power of the true God! Do we have such faith?
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel pray for us!
St. Elijah pray for us!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!