Elijah was a mighty prophet in the Old Testament.
We learn about him in the book of 1 Kings, beginning in chapter 17 where we learn that he was a Tishbite and lived in Gilead.
No one really knows what a Tishbite means, but many scholars think it is a term denoting where Elijah came from.
Famous accounts of Elijah include his preaching to Ahab and Jezebel, who openly slayed the prophets and followers of God.
In 1 Kings 17, we read about how he sealed off the heavens and fed miraculously by ravens until he is commanded to stay with the widow of Zarephath and saves her and her son from starvation, and even bringing the son back to life.
Then, there was the face off with the priests of Baal, where Elijah shows that he has a very sarcastic sense of humor at times when he mocks the exhausted priests of Baal:
“Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.”1 Kings 18:27
Not in the Wind
The account of Elijah is full of lessons and examples which are still relevant today.
Showing compassion on others, standing for what’s right even when you feel as though you are alone, and enduring in the face of trials are wonderfully illustrated in the life of this great man.
For this week’s coloring page, I wanted to focus on the instance when Elijah learned that God could have the most powerful and profound affect on individuals through small and simple means.
“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 19:11-12
Despite the commotion around him and in his life, Elijah was able to find peace and comfort through the promptings of the Holy Ghost.