Sewing Club Event - Saturday, May 16th
If you missed our video on social media, check out some highlights of our event on Saturday. We made hats with 8 sweet girls and their moms at their monthly "sewing club". They demonstrated truly what it looks like to be the hands and feet of Jesus and it was wonderful! Check out the video below:
1 Kings 19As I think about examples of Ebenezers from a biblical standpoint, one of the first stories I think of is Elisha. Most Ebenezer moments begin as an ordinary circumstance and this story is really no different. Elisha wasn’t attending job fairs to seek out new opportunities. He wasn’t praying about a career change or expectant that God was going to call him to something far bigger than the life he was currently looking at. He also didn’t know that while he was plowing a field, God was telling Elijah that Elisha would be his successor as the prophet of Israel. “…and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. (1 Kings 19:16, ESV)
What amazes me every time I read this story is Elisha’s reaction. In verse 19 of chapter 19 Elijah found Elisha plowing the field and he “casted” his cloak upon him.
I would probably have a lot of questions.
What does this mean, Elijah? I’m your successor? What do I do – I plow fields for a living? How do I do it? Am I smart enough? Am I good enough? Did God tell you to do this or is it a joke?
Thankfully, Elisha doesn’t respond as I probably would. He left his plow and oxen, ran after Elijah, kissed his mother and father goodbye and said “Game on!”
He left nothing behind. He just followed.
And when I get to heaven one day, I bet I could ask Elisha and he would say that day was an Ebenezer for him. A stone he can look back on of his time on earth to remember God’s goodness and providence.
But that stone wouldn’t be there if he wasn’t obedient that day. And not a “look over my shoulder but turned toward Jesus obedience” but he actually burned his plow, yoke and oxen and left nothing behind. That is convicting to me.
Am I willing to recklessly abandon my wants and desires to fulfill the calling God has placed on my life? Are you?
When God calls me to a new area of ministry, to lead in some new way, or to disciple a new group of believers…do leave my selfish desires behind and follow after Jesus or do I look back?
So in light of the call of Elisha, these are the lessons I hear loud and clear -
Sometimes extraordinary happens in the midst of the everyday. Be consistent in plowing your own field.
My abilities are based off how He views me, not how I view myself. Thank goodness!
Sometimes God is backstage orchestrating something far more beautiful than I could ever create myself. Don’t give up.