Now that the raven had all the cracker pieces neatly organized in his beak he hopped down to the bottom of his large enclosure and placed the neat stack to one side. He dug a shallow hole with his whiskered beak, put two pieces in the hole and raked some dirt over it so there was no sign of cracker at all—only dirt. He took the remaining pieces in his beak. Clippity clop hopping in raven fashion to the other side of his enclosure, he dug another hole and buried the rest of the crackers. I was in awe. Finally I understood the record in 1 Kings 17 about Elijah being fed by the ravens: The ravens had already buried the food; it was just waiting for the time when God wanted it brought out to Elijah.
“And the word of the Lord came unto him [Elijah], saying, Get thee hence, and hide thyself by the brook. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord and the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening” (1 Kgs 17: 3-6).
Now this may not have been an ideal situation and the bread and meat may have been a little crusty, but Elijah was thankful. God’s provision for him had been totally unpredictable and definitely unique.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” We need to trust that the Lord loves us and will provide for us even though our paths may be rocky at times. If we’ll look to the Lord Jesus to guide us through, it will work out better than we could possibly imagine.
When circumstances or decisions are hard, we can remember Isaiah 43:19 “I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
We learn to expect the unpredictable and unique when it comes to God watching over us. When we keep our eyes on Jesus like it says in Hebrews 12:2 “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,” He will always have things set up for us to get us to the other side and to the good results He has for us.
When I got ready to write my first book, I had no idea of how to get started. The Lord was way ahead of me. Wendy, one of my closest friends, was publishing on-line for her job so she was able to help me. My other friend Maarit was an excellent editor and that was no coincidence either. God already had my girl ravens set up to bless me and I blessed them too. (Some people are afraid of ravens but I think they’re awesome!) When I decided to start an art career I “happened” to go into a place in Kansas City to buy a drawing pencil. I came out with a job: making molds in the sculpture foundry and gallery.
I moved across country and interviewed for a secretarial job. I ended up telling the woman I really would rather work in the arts. She gave me a client’s number and the first thing my new boss asked is if I knew how to make a mold for a sculptural piece. That started my 25 years of an ongoing career in the arts. Again no coincidence, but God preparing ahead of time just for me and I never saw it coming.
If we continue in our hearts to want to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, He will never, never let us down.
The ravens are already burying your crackers and steak.
PS: The raven picture is from the neighbors across the street.
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