Hello My Name Is… (Week 6) – Widow of Zarephath
Hello Mummy Meditators!! Yet another emotional week for us with this story, and I guess it reminds me that life on this planet is always emotional in some way – highs and lows are around every corner and yet God journeys with us through it all. We were meditating on the following verse:
“Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” 1 Kings 17:17-18
The Low After The High
We’ve all been there. A mountain-top moment where we really feel God close to us, on our side, fighting for us and winning. That answer to prayer that seemed impossible, the miracle in the nick of time, the thing that makes us 100% sure there is a God and that He loves us. But then, just when we feel invincible in our faith, something happens. This is where we find this widow. She has experienced that miracle – God’s provision day after day for her and her son, saving them from death. And yet now something has happened that is about to rock her fledgling faith. You see, this verse reminds me that we cannot become complacent. We cannot get used to the miracle and think that that is the norm. We have to keep fighting to stay close to God even when things seem to be going wrong.
Who Do We Blame?
We’ve faced this question before in this “Hello My Name Is” series, way back at the beginning of the first part. But it is really important, and I think that is why God keeps putting examples in the Bible all the way through – to remind us!! BAD THINGS HAPPEN. We live in a broken world. We live in a world with sickness, disasters, broken hearts and wrong motives, selfishness around every corner. We cannot live in world full of those things and not get caught in the crossfire. And so, sometimes it may seem like God is being spiteful in saving us from one thing and then causing or sending us straight into another disaster, but that is not how it works. Life is just life, and God is with us in it, but He is not to blame when things go wrong. This woman’s reaction is classic, we see it today just as we see it in the bible – something goes wrong so we immediately jump up and try to find someone to blame. When it is sickness or disaster that has no person we can blame, we blame the invisible God. Its the easiest thing to do. In this verse, Elijah is the representative of God and so he gets the blame.
How Does God React When We Blame Him?
When you read on a little further from this verse, we see that Elijah does respond, calls out to God, and God brings the boy back to life. The woman’s reaction to this is “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth“. Didn’t she know that after the oil and flour miracle? Why did she need another miracle to reach full faith in God?
We will never know the reasons as to why God answers “Yes, No, or Wait” to our prayers. Throughout the Bible we see his different answers – prayers to heal Lazarus were answered with a No because God had a bigger plan in Jesus coming and showing his power over death by raising him back to life. In this story, maybe God knew that by doing this second miracle it would be enough to set this woman steady in her relationship with Him. But other times maybe the challenge and the struggle makes us rely on Him more than if He answered our prayers straight away with a yes. So many mums in our Facebook Community have shared their struggles and experiences of this mountain top followed by a valley, and yet I am in awe that they are still trying to stay close to God, still gripping on to understand why and still trying their hardest to understand. In this broken world we may never get the answers as to why God acts in some cases and doesn’t in others, we may never see the alternative endings as God does from above, and we may never understand fully God’s reactions. But we can take comfort in knowing He is with us whatever we’re going through, ready to carry our burdens when we take them to Him in prayer.
If you are in the valley after the mountain top, then try going to God and asking why rather than blaming Him. Try and see it from His perspective and maybe you will find peace for your situation in that.
We are jumping back over into the New Testament next week as we look at two final unnamed women in the Bible. The first is the woman caught in adultery, and we will be meditating on this verse:
“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” John 8:3-5
Do come and join me at 9pm tomorrow night for a Facebook Live discussion in the Facebook group to kick off the week (sorry for missing last week!). You can also vote on which woman we are going to look at as a group after Christmas.