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Faith like Elijah

41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.”
So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”44 Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’” I Kings 18:41-44

Our family is in the middle of a season I could title a drought season.  All of us have them, I don’t know what yours looks like, but at times ours has looked like the Sahara Desert…large, hot and dry!  But, God!  I know He has His hand on us and we have faith that we will come through and He will be glorified in it. 
We are in the final days of a Daniel Fast with our church and we have prayed and fasted for many things, but most especially for Him to bring the healing needed to this most difficult season for us.  During this fast we began reading Steven Furtick’s Sun Stand Still devotion. It seemed the appropriate read for a time of fasting and praying! J This morning while doing my devotion I read this story about Elijah praying for the drought to end and for God to bring rain.  He had prayed 6 times and sent his servant to check for clouds, not until the 7th time did his servant come back with the news of a cloud in the sky. They were sure this was rain even though it was only the size of a man’s hand. Immediately Elijah prepared for a huge rain!  (audacious faith) I was immediately reminded of a moment just yesterday that I can claim as my “clouds, as small as man’s hand” moment! In my mind it is a small thing, but I believe it was God saying keep praying the rain is about to start. Thank you God for the reminder that you are ever working in our lives.  I know that what I see with my human eyes is nothing compared to what God is really doing in the background.  If He can use a cloud the size of a man’s hand to encourage Elijah of upcoming rain to end a 3 year drought, then he can use my moment yesterday to bring us out of our season of ‘drought’.
Further into this devotion Steven says ‘Between the promise and the payoff, there’s always a process.  That process is where your audacious faith comes into play.”  Love it! Not just the “yes, I believe” faith, but the ‘bold and daring kind of faith’ like Elijah had. 
We are praying with audacious faith that God will be glorified in the end of this drought season.  I am looking for more “clouds, as small as man’s hand” moments that will encourage us to the end.  I am watching boldly for the rain!
I pray that if you are in a season that is challenging for you that you will dig deep and hold tight to God and let Him bring you through it. Have Elijah’s audacious faith to believe in a small cloud to bring healing to a 3 year drought!
Watching for the rain!
Winnie

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