When I was in 7th grade I went to a new school where my big brother and sister were the only kids I knew. Is there anything more lonely than being the new kid? Starting school stressed me out but my mom was extremely confident that I would do just fine. Of course moms are supposed to say things like that however this time she was right. I got through the first day, the first week, the first semester and low and behold I had friends. Mom knew two things I didn’t know. She knew I was prepared to make friends, because in my heart I really wanted friends and she knew that there were other kids prepared to be my friend because they were looking for friends just like me.
Of course, that school was not the last new place I have had to overcome. I have been to new jobs, new neighborhoods, new churches and new towns. Maybe you have too. Even when I feel with certainty that I am moving in a direction the Lord has taken me, each new adventure brings anxiety. Will I succeed? Am I prepared? Has the Lord really gone before me to prepare the way or am I all alone? Even people of great faith can have times when they feel all alone. Take Elijah.
Elijah was an Old Testament prophet who the Lord used to do amazing miracles. I mean “fire raining down from the sky” type of miracles. Elijah not only saw these miracles but He was the man God used to perform the miracles and yet Elijah went through a time of discouragement. People were trying to kill him, and Elijah was convinced he was the only man left that believed in God. In 1 Kings 19:10 Elijah even told God “I am the only one left.” Elijah felt all alone.
What Elijah didn’t know was that God had gone before him. God had not only prepared other people to support Elijah, He had prepared Elijah to reach out to these other people. To revive Elijah, the first thing God did was schedule a meeting with him. He had Elijah come to a mountain and then God came to him in a still small voice. Yet through all of this, Elijah keeps saying “I am the only one left.” I imagine God smiling down on Elijah and slowly shaking His head. So God tells Elijah he’s not the only believer, there’s actually 7000 believers. And if that’s not enough to lift His isolation, God told him where and who to anoint as the next prophet. So Elijah anointed Elisha who did not leave his side for the rest of Elijah’s days.
Just like Elijah, God has prepared others to help you on your path and God has prepared you to find them.