For the last couple months I have repeated this to God and had no idea that it was actual Bible verse until a week ago. The pace of my life has been spiraling out of control; running a household, rushing to work, leading and coaching others, planning meals and shopping, volunteering my time and mentoring, all the while raising my four kids and trying to charm my loving husband. I have not been founding time for rest for myself.
It has been effecting my walk with God. My relationships with my husband and kids. Struggling to stay focused at work. I have been pushing others away. I feel as if am draining with no signs of relief.
‘I have had enough, Lord!’ 1 Kings 19:4
Have you ever been to this point? You simple have had enough. The stress of life is so overwhelming; work is so overwhelming; the pace of life is so overwhelming. It leads us to a very dangerous place in life. It leads us to discouragement; to depression; our view on life gets distorted. Your problems seems to get bigger and bigger, while God seems to get smaller and smaller.
Let me give you a little background on 1 Kings:
Elijah had just demonstrated great courage before King Ahab in the palace and on Mount Carmel. He had witnessed God’s supply by the brook, in the home of the widow, in the years of famine and drought and in the fire from heaven that consumed the sacrifice. However, when faced with the threat of Queen Jezebel and the obvious fact there would be no immediate revival in the land, he suddenly became fearful and discouraged. If Jezebel had really wanted him dead, she would have tried to seize him without warning, but, cunning as she was, she wanted rather to discredit him before his new converts and she was successful at it. Elijah had left his post and ran for his life. (1 Kings 18 & 19)
You may be thinking, why would Elijah be fearful and discouraged. Elijah is a mighty prophet of God. It came down to, that he was simply worn out. When we get to this point of our life our defenses are down; we are worn out, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually exhausted. And God knows this.
Take a look at what God does next for Elijah.
Then he (Elijah) lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. 1 Kings 19:5-9
Do you see the pattern? Elijah slept, then ate, slept some more, then ate again, exercised and walked, and then slept again. This whole time Elijah is getting recharged; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. And then that is when God was able to speak to Elijah. Elijah was so drained that he would not have been able to hear from God.
God model this for us. God created the heavens and earth and everything in it in 6 days and what did he do on day seven? He rested! Not because he was tired, but to be an example of how we are to live. Jesus did the same thing. Yes, Jesus was fully God but he was also fully Man. Take a look at Matthew 14; Jesus had just finished feeding thousands of people. What did he do next? Go to next miracle, no. He withdraw from everyone; rested, recovered, replenished and reflected. We too need to model this in our own lives.
Your life moves to a better place, when you move at a sustainable pace.
I would like to challenge each of my readers, as well as myself.
- Challenge you to have a 24 hour Sabbath. This dose not mean go sit on the couch and do nothing. No. Go for a walk, enjoy nature. Go out to dinner with some friends, enjoy the fellowship. Paint a picture, take advantage of your talents God has given you. Enjoy life. God has created us to enjoy life. Pulling yourself away from work, house work, and social media for 24 hours.
- Challenge you at the end your day to read the Bible and spend time in prayer. The last thing you need to do is check your email or social media before you go to bed. You might receive that one bad email that can effect the way you sleep. You know what, that email will be there when you wake up.
- Challenge you to have a quarterly recharging . Every 90 days, reevaluate how much you really have rested during the last 90 days. If you need to make some changes to make sure you are getting the rest you need, then do so. What is important that God, your family, friends, work has a well rested, energized You.
Also please check out Stressed Out blog post.