Stormy Weather

Wanda Hendrickson

READ : 1 Kings 18:38-46

Elijah was a pesky fellow. He made life miserable for Jezebel and Ahab. He challenged the prophets of Baal and was fearless in speaking for the Lord God of Israel. Elijah acted in opposition to natural laws. He experienced personal bad times, too, but his trust in God helped him to overcome.

Samaria was experiencing drought and famine. God used Elijah to demonstrate His power to the people. After bowing before God, Elijah persevered in prayer. Until he could see: “Look, there’s a cloud coming. It’s about the size of a man’s hand.” The promise of rain was fulfilled, there was wind and “great rain.”

A rain cloud is a welcome sight for us on a hot, sultry summer day. A booming thunderstorm can change the humid oppression of a “dog day” to lighter, cleaner air. A storm brings relief.

Many times clouds and storms are symbols for struggles and troubles in life. Unlike Elijah, when we see a small cloud on the horizon of our lives, we brace for a terrible experience. Elijah was elated to see even the outline of a cloud because it was a sign God heard and was answering, a sign of hope. What a point of view! As we look back on the dark, stormy days of our lives, we can attest that God brought relief, after the rain.


Dear God, when we only see the ominous clouds of trouble, we fear. Let us see Your hand and hope. Amen.