In case you didn’t know, a broom tree isn’t as much a tree as it is a bush that can grow large enough to provide shade. Brooms tolerate and often thrive best in poor soils and growing conditions. The broom tree that Elijah rested under in the Negev was known as the white broom or the white weeping broom tree.
If you don’t know the story of Elijah’s battle with the prophets of Baal and his flight into the desert to escape Jezebel, it’s one of the more interesting reads in the Old Testament. You can read it in 1 Kings chapters 18 and 19. In short, Elijah does battle with the prophets of Baal, God shows up in spectacular fashion, proving He is the one true God, and then Elijah puts 450 of the prophets of Baal to death by the sword. When Jezebel finds out she vows that by the same time next day Elijah would be dead. That’s when Elijah flees.
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. 1 Kings 19:3-5
Elijah, the mighty man of God ran for his life! He plunged from the pinnacle of success into suicidal depression and just wanted to die. Life can be that way sometimes as we go from smooth sailing one day to raging seas the next. Clear skies and sunshine one day only to experience dark stormy clouds and despair the next.
I went through this recently as we lost our beloved dog. If you are not a pet lover, you will not understand the heartache and despair. If you are, then you know our pain. That dog had been with us almost as long as I have been running this website. Needless to say, I was devastated. I was so down and depressed that I completely deleted the website and the blog. I wanted nothing to do with any of it anymore. Like Elijah, I found a broom tree, sat down under it and told the Lord I have had enough and don’t want any part of it anymore.
If you read the rest of Elijah’s story in chapter 19 you will find that an angle strengthened him and he then traveled to the mountain of Horeb to seek out God. There was a mighty wind, a giant earthquake and a fire, but Elijah did not find God in any of those. Finally, there was a gentle whisper and that’s when Elijah heard God’s voice.
I leaned heavily on God in those first few days of my despair and it was in the whisper that I too heard God’s voice. He spoke things to me like Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” And Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” While I still have some dark moments from time to time, just like Elijah, God has moved me on from the Broom tree. Sooner or later we will all find ourselves under that broom tree, sometimes more than once. It’s never a pleasant experience but the Lord can walk you through it.
I also came to realize that when you are in emotional trauma it is never a good time to make major decisions and deleting the website was a mistake. It wasn’t hard to repair the football portion, that took 10 minutes, it was the blog section that was the problem as it runs on a database. I didn’t think I could ever recover that. But just as Jesus says in Revelation 21:5 “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” He did exactly that. With a lot of prayer and help from the host support team, not only is the blog back up also, but it is running better than before. Made new again!
Do you know Jesus Christ? Would you like to be made new again? If you want to talk about how you can have a relationship with Him and have a peace like no other, just click the Contact Me link at the top of the site page and I’d be happy to talk with you.
Note: Since my backup for the site was not current, there are 6 articles that had been posted over the last year that will appear off on the dates and all posted now in July 2019.