Are you exhausted? Drained? Depressed? Near burn-out? When those words describe me I find help by 1) knowing I’m not the only one who goes through it, and 2) getting (and heeding) direction on what I need to do to pull out of it.
The prophet Elijah went through a period of near burn out. Take note of what got him there, and then what got him out:
* He was constantly on the road (1 Kgs. 17 & 18).
* He missed meals (lunch) (1 Kgs. 17:6).
* He got up early, perhaps not getting enough sleep? (1 Kgs. 17:9)
* He was criticized, blamed, accused of wrong motives, and his ministry was questioned (1 Kgs. 17:18).
* He felt abandoned by God (1 Kgs. 17:20).
* He exhausted himself serving, caring, giving of himself, and fighting for his reputation as a man of God (1 Kgs. 17:21-24).
* God remained silent for long periods of time not giving him any direction (1 Kgs. 18:1a).
* God led him to declare and do difficult and dangerous things (1 Kgs. 18:1b).
* His partner in ministry didn’t trust him, lacked faith, and was negative, pessimistic, and discouraging (1 Kgs. 18:9-14).
* He was misunderstood and blamed for people’s problems (1 Kgs.18:17).
* He had to risk his life to confront and call a leader to the carpet (1 Kgs. 18:17-19).
* He felt alone (1 Kgs.18:22).
* He lost heart, ran from his issues, and isolated himself (1 Kgs. 19:1-3).
* He finally slowed down long enough to reflect… but then wanted God to kill him (1 Kgs. 19: 4-5).
* He was depressed and wanted to give up (1 Kgs. 19:4).
* He was overwhelmed, tired, and irrational (1 Kgs. 19:5).
Hello? Any of this connecting?
What’s God prescription?
Read more Scripture? Pray more? Or how about this…
Take some time off, sit under a tree for a while (get some fresh air), eat a big meal (or two), and take a loooong nap (or two) (1 Kgs. 19:5-7).
And then… back to work! (1 Kgs. 19:8)