Kings 19:11-16 Reflection:
This is the famous story of Elijah in the cave and he hears a voice telling him to go out and stand at the door of the cave and wait for God to go by. First a great wind came but God was not in the wind, then an earthquake and God was not in the earthquake. After this came a fire but God was not in the fire.
Finally there was a gentle breeze and Elijah knew that God was in the gentle breeze and Elijah stood at the door of the cave and God asked him, ‘what are you doing here?’
Elijah said that he was ‘filled with a jealous zeal for the Lord because the sons of Israel have deserted you.’ He went on to say that he was the only prophet left and they wanted to kill him and that they have torn down the altars of the Lord.
Again we are reminded of today’s world. It is uncanny how the Old Testament has such parallels with this age. Sometimes, we do not have much in common with the Jesus of the New Testament and yet that is what each of us is called to be, witnesses to the Lord who reveals himself in the gospels.
We tend to worry and fret, but Elijah knew the answer: be faithful to God and let him do the work. In our life we bear witness. Nothing more, nothing less.