After a busy season in the year or following the completion of a big project, I feel excitement mixed with exhaustion. Sometimes I ask myself, "What does God really want me to do with my life? What is my purpose?
When I stop and reflect I realize that there is work that God needed to do in me before he could completely work through me. I need an inside tune-up, a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit working in my life -- helping me to find the answers I desperately need.
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. His in-ergy 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 run-down 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?
Prayer for Today
God of Creation and Giver of Life, Thank you for the gifts you provide for us in times of crisis and times of exhaustion. Help us to continue to be open to the ways you are taking care of us. In Christ's Name, Amen.