On this Sunday evening I looked through my window as I heard the caw caw of crows calling one another to share their prey. There were so many of them on the tree in the front of our house.
Every morning, even before the sun rises in the sky, if you were to join me on our morning walk you would hear a sound of flapping wings everywhere even above your head and be able to watch these scavengers feasting over the garbages and trash bins across the street corners.
These black birds are the type species of Ravens found in the story of Elijah.
In Leviticus 11:15 even though the raven is listed as an abomination among birds, it is interesting to find that God chose to use these scavengers of decaying matter to assist Him in doing a special catering service for His servant Elijah.
I took a moment to put myself in Elijah’s place, a person whose daily food supply was based on a catering service of ravens. Why ravens? They are birds of prey, unclean creatures, yet the ravens were faithful to Elijah. They feed on decayed meat, yet they brought the meat to Elijah.
Wait! Let me take a teachable moment to myself!
As the Psalmist says ‘Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. (Psalm 155: 6) I would like to add, even when it means that our catering service just happens to be an unclean raven. He can make use of whatever He needs!
As Paul writes (Phil: 4:19) ‘But my God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus’. And I would like to add, even when the bearer of God’s gifts come from an unexpected source or from something we think is unclean.
This evening, this story encouraged me to trust God to care of my needs, no matter how small and insignificant or how large and overwhelming the need is!
Are you in need? Never doubt our God, for at the right moment His provisions will arrive to surprise us by an unexpected source like a raven!
Prema Sunder Raj