Today I’ve been reading about Elijah (1 Kings 17-21) and I am in awe of God’s gentle care of him. After Elijah delivered a message to King Ahab God sends him to rest in solitude. God knew Elijah needed the time away. God made sure that all his needs were met while in the wilderness “You can drink fresh water from the brook; I’ve ordered the ravens to feed you.” “(1 Kings 17:4, MSG).
Elijah did many amazing things for God and he was always open for God’s care. Elijah trusted that God knew best. God provided food during the drought and protection when he needed to hide. God took care of his every need. But what struck me most was how Elijah, the big prophet, needed alone-time with God time and time again. If he needed God for refuel, how much more do we? If he needed God for encouragement and guidance, how much more do we?
It is time to take some time to rest and be renewed in God’s presence. Just like God instructed Elijah to go in solitude, he is calling out our names. God is inviting us to hide out from the world and meet him alone. “For he knows how weak we are, he remembers we are only dust” (Psalm 103:14, NLT). He will meet us and give us what we need. Even – or especially – those things that we do not know ourselves that we need. He will show us the way we need to go. And he will be with us every day of our lives. Until we meet him face to face.
Thank you that you know us inside out.
Thank you that you take care of us.
Thank you that rest is part of your plan for us.
We want to come away with you.
We want to be restored, renewed, recharged.
Only you know what we need.
Do as you please, you know best.
Be praised forever and ever!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Is it difficult for you to take time to rest? Invite God to remove things that keep you from seeking rest and renewal in solitude!
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you stay open for God’s care!