Ever since I was a kid, I have been fascinated with the outdoors. Some of my favorite memories have been from either fishing, hunting, or camping. Growing up, there were countless times I was nowhere to be found because I was sneaking onto “secret” ponds to try and catch the biggest bass I could. There was something about being alone in nature that brought me peace. While fishing is one hobby I enjoy doing alone, there are many places in my life that I would never want to be alone.
I am watching a show on Hulu called “Alone,” which is all about survival. Ten contestants are sent to a random desolate location to test their survival skills and compete for $500,000. The contestants are dropped off with their choice of ten items to help them survive and a few cameras to record. It looks challenging, stressful, and beautiful, all at the same time. I can’t imagine being alone in the wilderness for weeks or even months at a time. It takes incredible guts to do what these people do, and I know I couldn’t last as long as they do.
In a devotional on 1 Kings 2:11-12, Oswald Chambers reflects on the relationship between Elijah and Elisha.
Elijah spent many years with Elisha, mentoring him, and fulfilling his God-given duties as a prophet. After they crossed the Jordan on their journey, Elijah said to Elisha: “Ask what you want me to do for you before I am taken from you.” Elijah knew that the time for his departure had come.
Elisha made only this request: “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.“
Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Elisha saw how greatly the Spirit of God worked through Elijah, and he wanted the same for himself, as he prepared for Elijah’s departure.
After this, Elijah was lifted to heaven in a whirlwind. The glory of this moment ends, and Elisha who had been dependent on Elijah was suddenly alone.
“It is not wrong for you to depend on your “Elijah” for as long as God gives him to you. But remember that the time will come when he must leave and will no longer be your guide and your leader because God does not intend for him to stay.” – Oswald Chambers
God has put many people in my life (parents, teachers, coaches, etc…) that have instilled in me the knowledge that I have applied in my life. I am not dependent on them, but I appreciate them dearly. It is okay to be alone. Sometimes we need to be alone. But when it comes to certain situations, we need guidance.
The digital marketing world can feel a lot like the wilderness. It can leave people feeling alone and frustrated. Amid the craziness of COVID and constant flux in the marketplace, I can promise you this:
I would feel 100% more confident in surviving the wilderness with a friends or family member with me.
Why? Having a friend or family member to help guide me through the wilderness can make the difference between life or death. I would be able to offer small skills like fishing and hunting, but a friend or family member could help me and collaborate with me in other areas of trapping and cooking. I would probably eat a poisonous berry and die within 12 hours of being alone in the wilderness.
Bottom line, we all need an Elijah. We all need someone to come, share their wisdom, and partner with us on our journey to glorify God in our work.
This is how we operate at M is Good. Our clients bring skills, passion, and ideas, and so do we. We work together to create an impact and glorify God in the callings He has given us.
Proverbs 15:22 says without counsel plans fail, but with many advisors, they succeed.
We never want our clients to feel alone and in the wilderness on their marketing efforts. The digital world is always changing and growing, its confusing and frustrating. When we partner together, we can be connected and blaze the trail to pursue our God-given purpose and vision for our lives and our organization, but more importantly so that we can Glorify the Lord with all our talents and treasures.