I was living in the Pacific Northwest when this verse came to my attention. It appealed to me because I was miserable living so very far away from my family. I was lonely and weary of the whole situation. Little did I know how much the current situation would pale in comparison to what I would face in a few years.
Elijah begged the Lord to take his life because he was too tired and saw no way out of his troubles. Instead of taking Elijah’s life, God provided him with nourishment and rest so that he could continue on his journey, Much the same way the Lord invites us under the Broom Tree to provide us with nourishment, strength, rest and consolation thereby giving us the strength to continue on our journey through life.
Not to be flip, (but you know I always am) it’s gonna take a lot more than a hearth cake and jug of water to get me through this. Symbolically, hearth cake and water represent the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ which will nourish my soul through all of this. My personal Broom Tree is actually a canopy of trees shading my deck overlooking Lake Allegan, anyplace quiet where we can listen for the voice of God will do.
When Elijah finally makes it to Horeb, he is told he will hear the voice of God. At the entrance of a cave he hears God’s voice not in an earthquake, fire, or the violent wind, but in a soft whispering. It is difficult to surrender all of our problems to the Lord, after all we humans tend to be control freaks. When I offer up my heart ache to God – it is still there, but maybe he takes the portion that I cannot handle and I don’t realize it.
We must all be attentive and listen for the voice of the Lord, because until the End of Days, it won’t be real obvious.