So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord . . .
—1 Kings 17:5
As messengers of God, we will commonly lead lonesome lives. “All guys abandoned me,” said Paul. It is a rate we need to pay; there is a solitude in the Gospel. Yet you will not be alone, because you will certainly be ministered to by the Spirit of God, as Elijah was ministered to at the creek Cherith. A true messenger lives a strained life. If he is the Lord’s vessel, he carries in his heart a worry for hearts none can share yet those that recognize it firsthand.