My Story Isn't Over
So Elijah fled for his life; he went to Beersheba, a city of Judah, and left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day, and sat down under a broom bush and prayed that he might die.
"I've had enough. I've got to die sometime, and it might as well be now."
Then he lay down and slept beneath the broom bush. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him to get up and eat! He looked around and saw some bread baking on hot stones, and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lat down again.
Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, "Get up and eat some more, for there is a long journey ahead of you."
So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Horeb, the mountain of God, where he lived in a cave. 1 Kings 19: 3-9 (TLB)
Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (TLB)
It was too hard for Tina Clark, from Massachusetts. She had tried everything, and nothing was working. She was stuck, and nothing was going to change. She was at work, so she excused herself from the office and found a quiet room alone. As she sat curled up against the cold wall, she closed her eyes and prayed that God would take her life.
Her mental health had been deteriorating for months. She was getting help, but if life was going to be like this, Tina didn't think she wanted to live it. Thankfully, God's plans were different from her own.
As Tina was reading the Bible, God reminded her of Elijah. We often remember Elijah as incredibly strong. Yet, Elijah was human, and he cried the same prayer as Tina did: "I have had enough, Lord....Take my life."
In answer to Elijah's prayer, God sent him sustenance for the next part of his journey. His story wasn't over yet. Neither was Tina's. and neither is yours. When we feel like we don't have strength, or we feel like we have nothing more to give, God beckons us to keep going. We are never alone; God walks with us every step of the way.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you know what is best for us. Thank you for giving us strength for the day, even when we feel that we have nothing left to give, in Jesus' name. Amen.