The angel of obvious

Right before Sunday’s first reading, Elijah saw God in action. Twice. And now, just a day after seeing those powerful miracles, Elijah is ready to give up.

Wait. What?

Elijah is so us. After seeing God act in a miraculous way, without even trying we can fall into "miracle mode." Where everything God does has to be a big, showy miracle.

Or it doesn't count. 

Which is why God sends the angel of obvious to tell Elijah, "You should eat." 

But Elijah is in miracle mode. He’s waiting for the clouds to part and a food truck to descend. Complete with heavenly chorus.

So the angel has to point out the food. Right next to Elijah.

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And the point of all of this?

That God isn’t limited by our expectations. God uses the big and the showy. And the everyday and the obvious.

With God, even if it’s not what we expect, it’s always exactly what we need.

More on this tomorrow.

Sunday’s Readings