When Elijah delivered the Lord’s message of drought to King Ahab, and his life was in grave danger, God gave Elijah his own message. It was oneof provision, that would require great faith: “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” (1 Kings 17: 2- 4).
Kerith which comes from the Hebrew word “cherith,” means “cutting”. It is no haphazard place for God to send Elijah. He wanted him cut off from society, from danger, from his fears, and to be totally dependent and focused on God. God would meet him there in the ravine, provide for him, keep him safe, keep him healthy, love him. All Elijah had to do was rest.
God has been teaching me in the last couple of years that this replenishing “Kerith Ravine” is a great gift He offers to each of us. One of my personal dangers is striving- striving to provide, striving to be at my best, striving to make my own place in this world, which often leaves me disappointed and exhausted. The Lord frequently reminds me to “cut off”, cherith, and meet him in this “Kerith Ravine”.
He urges me to remember, that it is all a mirage: success, perfection, what I can attain from my own working. He is the one that is the giver of food, the giver of shelter, the giver of sustenance, support, true peace, love, and care. All of that is provided in one breath in “Kerith Ravine” and all I need to do is cut away, cherith, accept the invitation, and rest.
Anxiety is something that is ever-present in my home. I have struggled with it since childhood, and now it affects my daughter. Once I noticed it in her though, I became defensive. I recognized it as an enemy, and started fighting back, for her and myself. The Lord has shown us weapons that we can use against anxiety.
One of these weapons is breath. The speed and voracity of anxiety quickly takes the power out of your hands. Slowing down and breathing not only forces the body into calm but also the mind.
To understand the importance of this, the Lord showed me connective tissue so it would resonate clear: In the beginning, our Creator spoke everything into being. Out of the might and the love of His words, He spoke into being the events that created our world- a great an awesome catalyst of sound. However, when He created mankind, His spoken word wouldn’t be enough. He loved us too much. Instead, He came down and with His hands He formed us. Even at that point He could’ve said “Breathe!” and we would’ve breathed. But He didn’t. He’s far too compassionate. Instead, our God of creation breathed HIS breath into man.
It is His breath in us. This world wants to choke out that breath, with the speed and distraction of life. If we can tap back into that breath, we can have calm. Breathe in slow and deep the healing breath, and release all the negativity this world is heaping upon you. We are created with that design and it is miraculous.