1 Kings 19:3-11 reads:

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,  while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”  Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”   He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. 

The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”  So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.  There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” 

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” 


I was reading a little Oswald Chambers the other day, February 17th, and the Lord greatly used this word in my life.  He writes speaking of the angel telling Elijah to “get up and eat”, “When the Spirit of God comes He does not give us visions, He tells us to do the most ordinary things conceivable.”  We find Elijah in this story overcome with despair and depression yet the angel does not give him some divine dream or adventure.  He simply tells him to get up and eat.  When Elijah finally acted on this mundane command he was given the best gift imaginable- seeing the LORD pass by.  This is something that I needed to hear.  I often get so focused on big dreams and big plans that I forget the importance of the small things.  But it is in these small things that we can know the presence of the LORD!  As I read the other day in Proverbs 24:27, “Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”  We must not be so focused on the forest that we miss the trees, as the old adage goes (or is it the other way around?)  So wherever today finds you- in school, work, relationships, life- remember the importance of the mundane for we will find God there.