Ahab was impressed by the boldness of Elijah and his God.  Jezebel didn’t get it.  Perhaps he said “you had to be there!”  Perhaps Ahab could have turned in a better direction if he was not married to the shrew.  She sent her death threat and Elijah seems to believe her.

And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.  Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.  And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.  But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.  1 Kings 19:1-4

He is a weary traveler, so God sends room service for his comfort.

And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.  And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.  And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.  And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.  1 Kings 19:5-8

God knows the journey is too great for us, but he never intended us to go the distance alone.  We should expect the unexpected; God is our source.  Meals on wheels?  How about meals on wings!

And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?  And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.  And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:  And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.  1 Kings 19:9-12

Are we looking for a God of great spectacle?  Evil men could believe if they were given such signs.  God knows our heart and his people will respond to a single word of wisdom.  God is getting around to the wisdom Elijah needs in his time.

And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?  And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.  1 Kings 19:13-14

God doesn’t need a recording, he already knows our need.  He has a path mapped out for Elijah to follow.  The map included leaving Jezebel to meet better people in his future.  We need the long weary journey to find our destiny.

And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:  And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.  And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.  Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.  1 Kings 19:15-18

You are not alone.  There are other prophets, and Elisha will be his student.  Elijah will anoint kings over two nations and set a great revival in motion.  The army of God is being mobilized.  Elijah reports for duty.

So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.  And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?  And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.  1 Kings 19:19-21

Elisha had no hesitation in accepting an anointing.  Did he recognize Elijah or only his anointing?  Elisha seems to have his own relationship with God.  He prepared a feast and then began the journey of his lifetime.

You too have an invitation from the God of Abraham.  There is a map for your life already prepared.  The trials of today will lead to the deliverance that glorifies your God.  Give thanks for the provisions you have today, as they will give you the strength you need for your long weary road.  A recession is just another famine, just another dry spell.  Like Joseph prepare for these and wait for the great blessings to follow.