Then the word of the Lord came to (Elijah): “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. 1 Kings 17:8-10
If you have ever done the “trust walk” teambuilding activity, you know that it helps people build trust in one other. A leader steers his or her blindfolded partner around obstacles using verbal or nonverbal instructions. The one being “steered” must trust the leader to look out for their well-being and lead them to their destination safely.
During my time as a youth leader, and before that, in the corporate world, I’ve seen some “ugly” outcomes as trust walks go awry and the blindfolded end up tripping or colliding with an obstacle they can’t see. Their leader is either not paying attention or (in the case of the youth) thinks its pretty funny to mess with their blindfolded friend. I’ve also experienced trust walks that have been powerful experiences of team work where the one blindfolded learns to relinquish control and trust the one leading them.
On Sunday we will delve into the prophet Elijah’s “trust walk” from Samaria to Sidon. Not only is it quite a walk (almost 80 miles), Elijah is being sent by God from the Jewish homeland to a foreign country, the home country of his nemesis queen Jezebel. He is not loaded down with supplies and equipped for a lengthy sojourn, but rather, is told to simply go, and there, depend upon a widow for his survival. Widows, by definition, struggled in the ancient world for survival themselves. This widow is also a stranger to Elijah, and to top it off, a pagan who doesn’t worship the one true God, Yahweh. So Elijah’s “trust walk” is a pretty big deal.
Recall those times when you have had to step out in faith, trusting God to get you where you need to go. Even the most faithful of us have doubts; even the most devout need those whom God places in our lives. Elijah and the widow strike up an unlikely relationship. Who has God sent to help you along in your spiritual journey?
Looking forward to seeing you Sunday as we reflect on “Trusting… Together.”