A few Blogs ago we talked about Elijah being given a gift under the broom tree and as a result the world received something even greater. God met Elijah’s needs at a critical time in practical and miraculous ways. That led to an “AHA” moment that brought clarity and challenge, which has benefited every generation since.
Why did it bring clarity?
Elijah received mental and spiritual clarity. Physical nourishment and intimate contact with a caring person [angel] helped restore mental clarity. The broom tree experience reminded him he had hope and a future. He met with God.
The word, clarity, means clearness as to perception or understanding. Freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity.
In a jeweler’s world diamond clarity refers to the absence of inclusions and blemishes.
The rejuvenating encounter Elijah experienced also revealed that God was close and active in his situation. This led to a clear understanding of his next steps.
Just like the diamond clarity is an absence of inclusions and blemishes, the goal of a Broom Tree retreat is to take pastors away from the ‘inclusions’ of the world [which, for many of them are technological invasions] and place them in a gentle setting full of beauty, simplicity and peace. Mental and spiritual clarity enable pastors to see things they couldn’t see before. This new visibility nourishes relationships, strategic thinking, and personal reflection, making it possible for pastors to confidently take the most beneficial next steps.