Today we see a discouraged prophet. After the great victory that Elijah had when God sent fire from heaven, and when the Lord answered his prayer for rain, this intrepid servant of God got discouraged. To such a degree was his despair that he wanted to die. Queen Jezebel had threatened him, and he fled.
Elijah was so lonely and desperate that he thought he was the only one who had not bent his knee to Baal. But God told him that there were seven thousand who had not followed the false god!
It’s good for children to learn that we are all prone to temptation and discouragement. Sometimes we put the servants of God on a pedestal; but we must remember that no one is exempt from temptation. Pastors and leaders need a lot of prayer to stay strong.
God was merciful to his servant Elijah, as he is to us all, and He sent him an angel with food. Elijah was tired. His encounter with the prophets of Baal was very emotional, and it exhausted him. Elijah rested and the angel fed him. Read it all in 1 Kings 19.
Parents and teachers, I love you with all my heart. If you are discouraged, don’t despair. Even Elijah had a “low” moment; but God sent his angel to lift him up. May God send an angel to lift your spirits! The truth is that it will probably be an angel without wings; a brother or sister in the faith that encourages you. Never forget that God has a merciful heart.
Now let me tell you about an angel that God sent yesterday evening to encourage me! I’m amazed at God’s timing and how He has every detail in his care. I wasn’t discouraged but very tired and wondering about the next step to take in this “story-telling” ministry, especially as it pertains to the Spanish, which is the core of my ministry to the Lord.
The Freemen’s, if you know who they are, were having a performance at Calvary Church in Tahlequah. Oklahoma. I was excited to be going there, asking the Lord that it would be a “picker-upper” for me. We had a van going from Fort Gibson, that’s why I could go. My eyesight is not working for night driving.
I quickly made some cards to take with me, hoping to meet someone to promote my Salt and Pepper stories. My assistant in Lima was working on a professional version, but I just did a quick home-made one. See here!
See what Cristina came up with!
Having such awesome helpers, like Cristina (she’s my right hand in art matters) in Peru and Absalom in Costa Rica (he does the pictures), is a gift from God. Without them, and precious Nancy (who does the English version) in Alabama there would be no Treasure Club stories!
This past week I have felt very overwhelmed. Maybe one reason is that I’m getting used to a big change. I have a teenage boy that spends early mornings and afternoons with me. His High School is in the town where I live. If you ever heard of Words with Friend, he and I have 19 games going! I love this boy to pieces but it’s an intense relations hip that drains me of some energy. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Let me get back to the part of God’s encouragement. Just the detail of where I took a seat is important. There was a break in the service and I stepped out to buy some CD’s. When I came back a lady was admiring the “box” that I put my feet on. I have to have them elevated because I have lost some lymph nodes (that’s a story for another day!). We talked and I asked her if she would take one of my cards. It turns our she is a daycare worker and she works in Sunday school. To make a long story short, meeting her was such an uplifting experience that I got a “push” to keep going. If you have ever been in a race, and getting close to the finish-line seems like and unsurpassable task, the little extra push you give yourself at the end can make the difference between winning or losing. Pat, the lady I met, gave me that “push” that I needed. I went home from the concert uplifted and ready to continue writing stories!
When I opened my files, and realized what story was next, about God encouraging his Prophet with “Angel food,” I marveled once again at God’s timing. It’s these kinds of details that speak to me, and I have seen many of them lately.
Could I ask you to pray with me these next few days for a special visit I’m having on Tuesday and Wednesday? I have a cousin from Sweden coming to visit. She does not know Jesus and she doubts there is a God. Pray with me that the love of Jesus will shine on her through me. This might be my only opportunity to show her “Jesus with skin.”
I hope you are enjoying the stories. If time wasn’t in such short supply I would give you all the helps we have in Spanish. Let’s pray I find another helper. We have PowerPoints for every lesson and a Bible activity. If you speak Spanish check them out at misperlitas.wordpress.com.
Have a blessed week. Be encouraged! God might have a new and exciting assignment for you. Stay tuned to the “still small voice” daily!!!
Read story #10: Angel Food for a Discouraged Prophet