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Elisha and the Rain

1 Kings 17:1

Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”

This text, which is assigned for today in my church’s Daily Lectionary, proves what I always knew.  I am not a prophet.  I cannot even predict the weather, not even when I use the wisdom of the scientists and meteorologists of our modern century.  After our warm spell in February I predicted that we were done with below zero temperatures until the next winter season.  I had listened to a meteorologist point out that that the polar air mass had moved east and that the really low temperatures would be east of us for the rest of the winter.  That shows what he knew or maybe I just heard what I had wanted to hear.

King Ahab is depicted in the Bible as an evil king, who had started to worship the pagan gods, that we sometimes lump together as Baal.  It is suggested that he was led in this direction by his wife, Jezebel.  Elisha was sent by God to prophesy to Ahab to try to turn him around.  As the Bible describes the various incidents, Elisha is endowed with miraculous powers.  No rain, and not even dew, will come, except by Elisha’s word.  It was to be a severe drought.  Chapter 17 also describes his encounter with the widow of Zarephath and ends with Elisha bringing her son back to life.

I am not worried about rain, but on a daily basis I wish for a better world in which hate no longer existed.  I wish that there was an end to hunger and poverty.  Most of all, I wish that people would be happy in their lives.  I am always wishing that for my children and grandchildren.  I know how challenging life can be.  I am not a miracle worker.  I cannot change the world in the grandiose ways I wish or that I feel are needed.  I don’t even know of any miracle workers in our world today, at least not ones who have the powers Elisha seemed to have.

What I can do is what we all can do.  We can make our small part of the world a more loving place, a place filled with forgiveness and care.  When we do that, we will increase the level of happiness and that will be good.

PRAYER    Dear Lord Jesus, help me to be a loving person today.  As I go about my daily tasks, help me to be the loving person you have created me to be.  In your name I pray, Amen.

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