WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
5 Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” 6 He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water!
So, he ate and drank and lay down again.
1 Kings 19:5-6 (NLT)
HOW DID GOD RESPOND? HE GAVE HIM REST AND FED HIM.
In 1942, Margeret Wise Brown wrote a children’s book that continues to be published. “The Runaway Bunny” is a classic describing parental love. One day, the young bunny informs his mother that he is going to run away. The mother responds with, “I will run after you.” The young bunny retorts with several illustrations of becoming other things so the mother bunny cannot find him. In the end, the young bunny realizes that his mother will never allow him to get away from her watchful care. His conclusion to the whole matter is that he will stay home and be her little bunny.
Elijah tried to run and God chased after him. In 1 King 19:5-6 God dealt tenderly with Elijah. God allowed him to sleep. Then God fed him and finally God had an angel touch him. God was tender toward him. God knew Elijah was exhausted and needed to rest and be refreshed.
Mark 6:30-31 says, “Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. What do these verses teach you about self care? Are you exhausted?
Thank God for the gift of rest. Ask God to show you what you need to eliminate from your schedule in order to get the rest He wants for you.