God’s servants must be taught the value of the hidden side of life.
The person who is to serve in a lofty place before others must
also assume a lowly place before his God. We should not be surprised
if God occasionally says to us, “Dear child, you have had
enough of this hurried pace, excitement, and publicity. Now I
want you to go and hide yourself—‘hide in the Kerith Ravine’
of sickness, the ‘Kerith Ravine’ of sorrow, or some place of total
solitude, from which the crowds have turned away.” And happy
is the person who can reply to the Lord, “Your will is also mine.
Therefore I run to hide myself in You. ‘I long to dwell in your tent
forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings’ [Ps. 61:4].”
Every saintly soul that desires to wield great influence over
others must first win the power in some hidden “Kerith
Ravine. ”Acquiring spiritual power is impossible unless we hide
from others and ourselves in some deep ravine where we may
absorb the power of the eternal God. May our lives be like the
vegetation centuries ago that absorbed the power of the sunshine
and now gives the energy back after having become coal.
Lancelot Andrews, a bishop of the Church of England and
one of the translators of the King James Bible of 1611, experienced
his “Kerith Ravine, ”in which he spent five hours of every
day in prayer and devotion to God. John Welsh, a contemporary
of Andrews, and a Presbyterian who was imprisoned for his faith
by James VI of Scotland, also had his “ravine.” He believed his
day to be wasted if he did not spend eight to ten hours of isolated
communion with God. David Brainerd’s “ravine” was the
forests of North America while he served as a pioneer missionary
to the American Indians during the eighteenth century.
And Christmas Evans, a preacher of the late-eighteenth and
early-nineteenth centuries, had his long and lonely journeys
through the hills of Wales.
Looking back to the blessed age from which we date the
centuries, there are many notable “ravines. ”The Isle of Patmos,
the solitude of the Roman prisons, the Arabian Desert, and the
hills and valleys of Palestine are all as enduringly memorable as
those experienced by the people who have shaped our modern
Our Lord Himself lived through His “Kerith Ravine” in
Nazareth, in the wilderness of Judea, amid the olive trees of
Bethany, and in the solitude of the city of Gadara. So none of
us is exempt from a “ravine” experience, where the sounds of
human voices are exchanged for the waters of quietness that
flow from the throne of God, and where we taste the sweetness
and soak up the power of a life “hidden with Christ” (Col.
3:3). From Elijah, by F. B. Meyer