1 Kings 19: 7-11
“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 travelled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.”
Even the great Elijah got physically, mentally and spiritually exhausted and discouraged; he had had enough! Here, Yahweh - his caring God, comes alongside him and meets him where he’s at and helps him on what is still a very long journey.
As I look back at how long we have been in lockdown and ahead to how much longer we have before things get back to normal (whatever normal might mean), I feel low and discouraged just like many others. When however, I change my perspective to look back and see how far we have come and how God has been with us, I start to find hope.
I sense that the spiritual discipline of prayer with patient endurance and persistence will be necessary at this time. My hope is that you and I will have gotten better at praying with patience for him to answer in his time according to his will.
Can’t give up now – Mary Mary
I have been reminded of this tune by Mary Mary. In typical gospel style and soul, we sing the same words over and over again. In literature, repetition calls for emphasis and draws our whole being to attention. It is one for a discouraged soul that is about to throw in the towel! You just can’t give up now, the Lord hasn’t brought you this far to leave you. Hold on my friend!
“As I have walked that long road to freedom, I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come, for my long walk is not ended.” ? Nelson Mandela