I heard the following quote at a conference in 2007.
I ran across it again while reviewing my journals.
First the quote, then, why it was so important to me.
“David was in a cave with some crazy people and some oil.”
The back story on this (a study I did) comes from years of feeling inadequate, lonely, and unloved, until finally, after my mother’s death, I went inside myself. I slowly took myself away from most forms of social activity. During that time I became increasingly unhealthy in my body. At one point, for a couple of years, it was difficult to even get off the floor to get a drink of water from the kitchen. I only moved when I absolutely had to. I had two engagements each week that expected me to show up, so I did. No more.
The healing part of this story is for another time, but when I began to heal, the Lord put on my heart that I was a cave dweller.
Now cave dwelling is fine. For a season. But it was time to leave the cave for a while.
I argued that He had provided me a pretty cool cave, and that I was comfy here. To which I heard, “Comfy is what you come back to, to rest, but to come back, you first have to leave.”
As the healing was beginning, I had a handful of gals come to my home once a week for coffee and a book study. I had shared with them that I was literally a crazy lady hiding out with my friends in my cave on Wednesdays! (Note, I still wasn’t LEAVING MY CAVE.)
First I looked up CRAZY – full of defects and imperfections. Thanks a lot.
Before actually leaving my comfy cave, I looked up caves in my faithful, old, blue, 400 pound Strong’s Concordance. (No Google or https://www.biblegateway.com/ back then!) I looked up all the cave words I could find. Over 20 references!
I won’t name them all, but here is a short list of things people did in/with caves;
- Lived in caves
- Bought caves for burials
- Some belonged to families so that they could all be buried in the same place
- Some kings hid in caves, then they were executed and placed back there after the fact
- Mighty men and prophets hid in them and were fed there
- They were used to sleep in when travelling
- Eat. Rest. Strengthen.
- Used as shelters and strongholds
- Living places for the homeless
- A place of death (plague)
- A place of prayer
- And even a hiding away from the Lord place
What is the oil for?
- Fresh oil meant prosperity
- Lack of oil meant judgement, curse, agricultural disaster
- Good oil meant stability and prosperity
- Used to anoint and sanctify
- Used to consecrate tabernacles – made the tabernacle “Most Holy”. If anyone “unholy” touched the “Most Holy” item, they would die.
- Sign of the Holy Spirit
Now, here we are. Present day. How does that apply, and why must we leave our caves?
As you can see by the uses for the oil, it can be a pretty powerful thing. It can give stability and prosperity. It has power to give life, and to take it.
The cave, (our homes) are used for many of the things caves were. (Hopefully/fortunately not graves) We eat. We rest. We heal.
We have all this power (oil) in our caves, and we’re not using it.
We need to use our caves to pray, eat, rest, strengthen, then, we need to take our oil and use it for good. We can share it with those no hope.
That power is simply wasted when it is hidden away in a cave.
I have a friend who says that the world needs our words. Could those words possibly be the healing balm/oil that someone needs?
We have it, and we’re hiding.
We find comfort in our caves, but there are others, without hope, who can be helped by a little bit of our oil, if we can just leave our comfort but for a little bit.
So go. Spread your healing oil around and then, you can always come back to your cave to rest.