Getting Renewed

Retama raetam, NK

In an encounter between Elijah and King Ahab (Jezebel’s husband), Elijah challenged Baal’s prophets to see which god — Baal or God — would answer his prophet(s).  Despite entreating Baal from morning until evening and Baal’s prophets slashing themselves, the sacrifice to Baal didn’t catch fire. Then,  Elijah asked God to light the fire.  Immediately, fire consumed Elijah’s sacrifice.

Queen Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah. In fear, Elijah fled Samaria; he ran over 100 miles to south of Beersheba in Judah. There, Elijah fell asleep under a broom tree. The symbolism of the broom tree is “renewal.”   If anyone needed to be renewed, it was Elijah!  Just as God renewed Elijah, God renews us through nature and rest.  Isaiah wrote that those who hope in the Lord renew their strength.   Having confidence (faith) in God can renew us so we can walk, run, and soar without collapsing from the weight of the world’s challenges.

Reflection:  God, I want so badly to be renewed, to be changed from the inside out.  I want to be different from the culture I live in.  Why should I feel comfortable in this society when my true home is heaven?



37 responses to “Getting Renewed”

  1. Do theses broom trees have a defence system against snakes or scorpions or any other type of insect or animal?

    1. Tommy, when I saw the broom tree in nature in Israel, the locals had a white cellophane bag on the tree that had some type of an insecticide in it. The bag was attached near the bottom of the tree. Sorry I don’t know more.

    2. Another thought, Tommy: the broom tree grows in the desert. The entire time that we traveled in the southern desert, I saw no snakes or scorpions — not like west Texas.

  2. Thank you so much for writing this article and allowing the Spirit to move through you! Great to learn more about the broom tree.

  3. Thanks for sharing, I truly got a better understanding, blessings to you.

  4. Lively telling of one of my favorite Bible stories. Your story sparked some creative thinking of my own. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This is so beautiful. Thank you! Deb

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