The month of May is when the cherry tree provides RIPE fruit ready to be picked. Have you ever waited to be picked for a team, as a mate, or an employee? Remember the wait, the call, and the moment you were chosen? Consider how the fruit hanging on the tree offers itself as a sacrifice for our benefit. There are more than a few true stories recorded about ordinary people that were singled out for a mighty purpose which required a sacrifice. God hand picked Joseph, Abraham, Mary, and Ruth to name a few. “Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”
Ever wonder why Elijah chose this boy to heal? In order to investigate that story one must read the entire 17th chapter of first Kings. First of all, Elijah was obedient to God whenever he was asked to do something. “Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” In our obedience our Father God supplies all our needs. Later the brook dried up and God asked Elijah to get food from a poor widow. Why would God ask Elijah to get food from a woman who struggled to feed her dying son? When your resources dry up, who do you rely on? During this harvest season consider when God chose you to suffer for His name. Remember the times the Spirit of God asked you to do something that seemed foolish or impossible? Now consider how Joshua dismissed his feelings and obeyed anyway. “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days…” Joshua 6 Trust and Obedience has rewards.
We read about another widow named Ruth who said “Your God shall be my God” to her grieving mother-in-law. Naomi sent Ruth into the field to gather leftover grain in the surrounding fields. She met Boaz, the owner of the field who said “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge. Ruth replied ‘May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord.’ In the end she marries Boaz and they had a son that they named Obed. The generations that followed produced a king. Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse was the father of David, the king of Israel.