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July 2017 - Elijah's Story

1 Kings 19:11-13

11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told Elijah. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

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How do we know what God is like? Can we know without seeing Him what His traits are? Why don’t we hear His voice loud and clear? In this story, Elijah has an opportunity to feel the full presence of God and be refreshed by His spirit. As Christians, it can be frustrating to feel as though God is far from us or doesn’t answer things as we’d imagine, but in wonderful moments He comes to us.

 

Today we experimented with eathquakes, wind and fire. Do we see wind? No, but we know it is there because we see the effects of it as trees bend and sway or hair blows about wildly. In this story, we witnessed Elijah’s experience of God’s presence and power.

 

Take home idea

Take time each day to think of something that has scared you. Do as we do in the prayer and imagine it in a big bubble going up to God. God tells us again and again that we should not be scared, so lets try to do that!

Imagine you are holding it in your hand in a bubble. You are going to blow your bubble to make it bigger and bigger, almost too big. But when you blow a bubble, it floats. Imagine your big bubble floating, up and away, forever up, until it reaches God. Then ask God to help you not be afraid about that thing anymore.

 

Prayer

Lord God, there are lots of scary things in our world, but you tell us again and again not to be afraid. Help us today and always not to be scared, but to trust that you can handle it. Amen

 

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