Today’s Bible reading included one of my favorite stories in the Bible. The story is about Elijah, who in 1 Kings 18 has soundly defeated the false prophets on Mount Carmel and God has demonstrated Himself in amazing ways during the process. Coming off an amazing victory, Elijah receives a message from Jezebel that she is going to kill him, and in fear for his life he takes off running. And not just like a little jog, we are talking Forrest Gump style running. While he is running he is complaining and whining about how bad his life is and asking where God is in all of this. He eventually stops running and sits down and says, “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Elijah seems to be throwing himself quite a pity party. When I realize that I am in the middle of my own pity party, I eventually get to the place where I remember this story. Once I am there, I realize that the best way to stop the pity party is to do what Elijah did, he took a nap and got a snack. I usually do it in the other order, I like to call it, “A Snack and A Nap”.
When life seems to get overwhelming and you are feeling like you are all alone and that somehow you are the only one who is trying to do it right, I would suggest you get a snack and then take a nap. When you wake up, things tend to look different and hopefully you will be able to hear the still small voice of God. If when you wake up you are still not feeling right, get another snack and take another nap.