After a busy season in the year or following the completion of a big project, I feel excitement mixed with exhaustion. I often have lots of questions about what's next or what direction God is calling me into. As we concluded Vacation Bible School last week, I was feeling both of these emotions.
When I stop and reflect I realized that there is work that God needed to do in me before God could completely work through me. I experienced a fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit working in my life last week through the over 150 children, youth and adults that joined us last week.
When I find myself in need of renewal, I sometimes remember the story of Elijah running for his life from Jezebel in 1 Kings 19:3-21. Elijah was physically, emotionally, and spiritually spent. He was exhausted. God gave him specific instructions to recharge his spirit.
First, the Lord instructed Elijah to lie down and sleep, then to eat. When we face a crisis in our life, God gives us practical advice for getting the things our bodies need: rest and nourishment.
The second piece of advice that the Lord gave Elijah was to get someone to help. Take some time to look around you and realize that you are not in this alone and God has provided a community of faith to support you on your journey.
I would invite you today, to stop and take a few moments to ask yourself:
- Do I need rest and nourishment?
- Have I asked for help and support when I need it?