1 Kings 18:41-46
Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go back, eat and drink; for I hear the sound of rain.’ While Ahab went back to eat and drink, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel and bowed down to the earth, putting his face between his knees. ‘Now go up,’ he told his servant ‘and look out to the sea.’ He went up and looked. ‘There is nothing at all’ he said. ‘Go back seven times’ Elijah said. The seventh time, the servant said, ‘Now there is a cloud, small as a man’s hand, rising from the sea.’ Elijah said, ‘Go and say to Ahab, “Harness the chariot and go down before the rain stops you.”’ And with that the sky grew dark with cloud and storm, and rain fell in torrents. Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel. The hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and tucking up his cloak he ran in front of Ahab as far as the outskirts of Jezreel.
Jesus said to his disciples, If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.
‘You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court; if a man calls his brother “Fool” he will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and if a man calls him “Renegade” he will answer for it in hell fire. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering. Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. I tell you solemnly, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny.’
Go back, eat and drink; for I hear the sound of rain.
If you were Ahab, would you be able to follow Elijah’s suggestion to eat and drink while your country is suffering from drought? I guess not. I would imagine that Ahab would probably have a spread in front of him, and yet he could not eat. How could he, when he didn’t know when the drought would end?
In the midst of our problems, we should be able to hear God telling us to relax, eat and drink, and he will sort it out once we’ve done what we need to do. Instead of enjoying ourselves as God wanted us to do, and leaving him to do what he planned, we would worry about how God would get things done. And if he did, would it be according to our liking?
I would like to share this quote by St John of the Cross. Hopefully, it will help us eat and drink even in the midst of a seemingly unsolvable problem.
“God has to work in the soul in secret and in darkness, because if we fully knew what was happening, and what Mystery, transformation, God and Grace will eventually ask of us, we would either try to take charge or stop the whole process.”
Brothers and sisters, let us pass the baton to God, and let us take rest and eat and drink.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Stephanie Villa)
Prayer: Dear Lord, it is so hard to let you take control and for us to enjoy ourselves. Help us trust that you are working on it. Help us to enjoy our lives because we know we are living in your plan.
Thanksgiving: Thank you for wanting me to enjoy my life, no matter how difficult and challenging it is. Thank you for taking care of things.