Soaking wet firewood doesn’t light too easily. And if it’s really wet, it’s just about impossible.
No, this isn’t about camping. But it is about things that seem impossible.
I recently came across the story of Elijah and Ahab and the miracle on Mt. Carmel in 1 Kings 18. Elijah had challenged Ahab to prove his gods were more powerful than the Lord God. They agreed to make sacrifices on piles of wood, and then Ahab would ask his gods for fire from heaven, and Elijah would ask his God for the same.
Ahab and his men made a spectacle out of themselves crying out and waiting for their gods to respond. Which, of course, they didn’t. Elijah, believing that his God would come through, decided to make it even more impossible in order to prove beyond any doubt that his prayers were heard.
And that’s when things got wet.
For Elijah, it wasn’t enough to just ask God for fire. He poured pots and pots of water all over the sacrifice and the wood and the water ran all around the altar. Oh, and he filled a trench, too. And all that impossibly wet wood didn’t make one bit of difference. When Elijah called out to God, “the fire of the Lord fell down and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust and it licked up the water that was in the trench.”
Take that, Ahab.
You know, sometimes I feel like there has been water dumped on my prayer requests. Sometimes it seems that answers are improbable, if not impossible. Take, for instance, my prayers for a husband.
I wrote a book 9 years ago about waiting on God but I’m still waiting. SPLASH.
I work and worship in places where there are few single men my age. SPLASH.
The statistics aren’t in my favor. SPLASH .
But you know what? My God seems to love impossible situations. He loves taking soaking wet wood and making a roaring fire out of it. He doesn’t have to answer in the way I want Him to, but I know He could. It doesn’t matter how difficult or challenging or overwhelming things get.
So maybe instead of getting discouraged over delays or disappointments or things that get worse before they get better, we need to be reminded of the wet wood on Mt. Carmel.
Splash. Pour on the impossible. I’m watching for the fire.
Nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37
Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. Jeremiah 32:17
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26