Updated: May 31, 2020
Facilitator Notes: Rev. Nicole Duncan-Smith
Through our trust in God, we are able to see community in the
strange lands and crisis-filled times.
The best time to see God’s magnificent faithfulness is when we
fallback and watch the Great Creator during times of distress,
trauma, and crisis. Our Mother’s Day word involved a mother, but
she was not the linchpin of the message the writer was trying to
convey. She did not point directly to God, even as God worked
through her and used her as an operative in His perfect will for Elijah.
The passage was really a universal story about how God works with
His people who dedicate their lives to him. It about how that vertical
relationship is crucial, and how trust must be the foundation of our
In this pericope, there is a drought in the land and God instructs His
servant Elijah to go to a foreign town, where foreign people are.
These people are not just strangers but they also worship idols and
are kinsmen with his enemy Jezebel. Now, Elijah is a holy man … not
a warrior fighter … not a great King or Judge … just a Messenger of
God. The bible doesn’t tell us that he trained to do combat. In the
midrash of my mind, pastor calls it the Holy Ghost imagination, he is
a peaceful man that only pops off when God needs to lay down the
law. In my mind, he simply is not a brute wanting or inviting smoke.
So … to travel to this foreign land was not just uncomfortable but
could have been dangerous. Still, out of obedience, Elijah goes and
he goes because God tells him that He has made provisions. (1 King
17: 9) Just as God had a raven take care of him in the wild a few