Today’s thoughts are a bit of a ponder after reading 1 Kings 19. I have had many thoughts about Elijah lately and I have read this chapter quite a few times over the last few months. This week I had an online Bible devotional come through that was focused on this very chapter.
However the devotional started with Mark 1:35
Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
There are two guys I know
Both of them want to please God and both of them are emotional beings. They were created this way and God understands them. They have all the same feelings and hurts as us. They also have the same fears and anxieties too. The one guy I have written a poem about in the past I also painted a picture for him. He is always there when I hit the pit. He is so real to me, so open honest and transparent. His name is Jonah.
The other friend of mine, his named is Elijah
Elijah helped me to get through one of my worse meltdowns ever. God has been allowing past hurts to surface lately and things I never believed I would have to face are being healed. In prayer and through tears. God is so good!
Reading 1 kings 19 was a Godsend for me.
I felt totally drained when I got the email notification come through.
I really couldn’t be bothered to read it.
But that Still Quiet Voice inside spoke and said, “Read it Lisa!”
I said, “No, reading is too hard and I feel like crap!”
Again the voice inside said, “Read it!”
I struggled with this for a bit, but I know when God directs it is always for our good.
His plans are to prosper not harm.
This is part of what I received and decided to follow.
In the Bible we see many who experienced times of burnout. After Jonah’s miraculous delivery from the big fish and prophetic announcement to the people on Nineveh, he sank into a depression and wanted to die (Jonah 4:3). After Elijah called down fire from heaven that miraculously burned up the sacrifices of Baal, the fire in his own life went dim (1 Kings 18-19). Elijah prayed, “I have had enough, LORD. Take my life,” (1 Kings 19:4). Both of these men wanted to quit.
How do we avoid those same feelings of burnout? The first step is to realize that it can happen and does happen to the best of us.
What was God’s response to Elijah? Let’s take a look at 1 Kings Chapter 19.
- He allowed Elijah to sleep. (19:5) – rest
- He sent an angel to provide food for him to eat. (19:5) – refreshment
- He allowed Elijah to sleep again. (19:6) – more rest
- He sent an angel to provide food for him to eat again. (19:7) – more refreshment
- He caused Elijah to ponder what he was doing. “What are you doing here?” (19:9) – reflection
- He spoke to Elijah personally. (19:11) – response
- He caused Elijah to ponder what he was doing, again. “What are you doing here?” (19:13) – reflection
- He told Elijah what to do next. (19:15) – redirection
- He showed Elijah who He had appointed to help him. (19:16) – reinforcement
Burnout happens when I focus on people and fitting in.
That includes me thinking too much about myself too.
Joyce Meyer’s fb status yesterday
“You can’t see yourself “in yourself,”
you have to learn to see yourself in Christ.”
There was a reason why Jesus went off to solitary places to pray.
If Jesus had to do it maybe I should be more willing to do it too.
My shutdowns are not such a bad thing if I give them to God at the foot of the cross.
But I do believe that if I was more ready to listen, I wouldn’t overload myself in the first place.
Love and hugs.
Lisa. xx 🙂