#WCW – Word Crush Wednesday
19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah…1 Kings 19:19-20
I’m reading this book called Greater by a pastor who’s become one of my favorite authors to date. I was introduced to his writings by one of the female elders at my church. She had recommended one of his forty-day journey experiences to the women at the church in hopes of transforming our thinking in the area of faith. It worked. About twenty days into the book and devotional, I took a leap of faith and began establishing relationships with publishers, taking steps to start my own publishing company, and concluding some writing projects I’d stepped away from for a while. After I finished the experience, I googled this author curious as to whether this was his only work or was there more awesomeness out there from him. There was. I quickly signed into google play, because y’all know from past writings google play is my favorite spot for downloading music, books, and more, and downloaded the Greater book with devotional. What can I say, another life changer!
I’m convinced that in every season of our lives, God has a perfect word due just resting and waiting for us to either notice it and pick it up or run smack dab into it. I’d like to take a moment to thank Him, because that word for me was sitting right inside my smartphone patiently awaiting its download.
The book’s focus thus far is to get the reader of faith to see and understand that God has a greater plan than the goals he or she has laid out for their own lives. God wants to take the gifts He’s given us, supercharge them, and catapult them into the next dimension. The problem occurs when He offers to do so and we fear stepping out into deep and allowing Him to light the path to the greatness He pre-designed for us.
Today’s scripture emphasis was the story of Elijah placing his mantle upon Elisha. Now, if you’ve learned this story in church the way I learned it, this is where you get ready to shout and clear the room because we know Elisha just received a huge blessing and he is soon to receive a double portion to do greater things. However, the most important step for Elisha before doing all the receiving and doing is something I’ve missed repeatedly, and I’ve read this story at least twenty times. The bible says that after Elijah placed his mantle upon Elisha, that Elisha left the oxen and ran after Elijah. He left his way of thinking and immediately seized his opportunity. What’s even more impressive is that he knew it was God offering the opportunity. That speaks volumes upon volumes upon volumes.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the mundane routine of planning for our dream–working long hours to save, overzealous networking, sleepless nights, etc., that the noise of all these things becomes so loud that we miss the mantle–His voice of opportunity fledging us to greatness.
I had to sit back in my chair and let this thang marinate. Should you stop working? No. Faith without works is dead. Should you stop aligning yourself with people who share the same ideology of success? No. Sometimes, just who’s next to you is important. What you should be doing, while you are working, is remain sensitive to the voice of God. Elisha wasn’t sitting around doing nothing. He was working when the route to greatness cloaked him. That’s my mantra from here on out–work with sensitive ears. Work receptive enough to know when the call to leave all and blaze the path to greatness is beckoning me. In other words, you better be smart enough to know when it’s your time!