Through one of His angels, the LORD basically said to Elijah: “Hey, get some rest and eat something. You’ll feel better.” Well, sometimes that’s the best and wisest advice we Can follow. Sometimes that’s all we really need to turn our situation around. We need to pay attention to ourselves and know when we need to take a break, we need to know when the best thing for us right now is to just get some good sleep and eat a good meal.
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Today I present another post.
As of now, I am on vacation until further notice … probably about a week and a half. I’ll be posting very short posts during my time off. It’s not my usual content, but I hope I’ll give you something worth reading every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
I’ve written about the importance of taking breaks before. My best post on the subject was one from last year entitled, “Balance Is Divine.” I encourage you to check it out. And the more recent post of mine on the subject comes from May of this year. It was entitled, “Balance or Burnout” and I encourage you to check that one out too.
The Bible makes clear the importance of resting starting all the way from the beginning. God rested on the seventh day of course, setting an example for us all. This example was soon after formalized with the institution of the Sabbath.
Well, it can be quite hard work sometimes writing a blog and staying consistent with it. I have to think of a topic for every post, and then write on it, and that can be mentally exhausting at times. Sometimes I don’t have it in me to write that day, or I can’t think of a good topic. But I would say I try my best, and for over a year I’ve been consistent with my three times a week schedule of posts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
So it’s important to take breaks to kinda recharge in every way we need to recharge. There is a time to put down the tools of our work and rest from our labors. and although I do take every Saturday as a day off when I do no serious writing, it’s important for us to take longer breaks as well. A vacation of some sort is vital; even if we don’t go anywhere fancy or do anything special, a vacation from our labor is essential for having balance in our lives.
Sometimes it’s even the LORD Himself who demands this of us. Sometimes He is the one who tells us to take a break. Consider what the LORD said to the Prophet Elijah in 1Kings 19 when Elijah fled to the cave after his victory over the prophets of Ba’al, hid himself and told the LORD he wanted to die. Through one of His angels, the LORD basically said to Elijah: “Hey, get some rest and eat something. You’ll feel better.”
(1) Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, how he had killed all Baal’s prophets with the sword. (2) Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah with this message: “May the gods do whatever they want to me if by this time tomorrow I haven’t made your life like the life of one of them.”1 Kings 19:1-8 (CEB)
(3) Elijah was terrified. He got up and ran for his life. He arrived at Beer-sheba in Judah and left his assistant there. (4) He himself went farther on into the desert a day’s journey. He finally sat down under a solitary broom bush. He longed for his own death: “It’s more than enough, LORD! Take my life because I’m no better than my ancestors.” (5) He lay down and slept under the solitary broom bush. Then suddenly a messenger tapped him and said to him, “Get up! Eat something!”
(6) Elijah opened his eyes and saw flatbread baked on glowing coals and a jar of water right by his head. He ate and drank, and then went back to sleep. (7) The LORD’s messenger returned a second time and tapped him. “Get up!” the messenger said. “Eat something, because you have a difficult road ahead of you.” (8) Elijah got up, ate and drank, and went refreshed by that food for forty days and nights until he arrived at Horeb, God’s mountain.
Well, sometimes that’s the best and wisest advice we Can follow. Sometimes that’s all we really need to turn our situation around. We need to pay attention to ourselves and know when we need to take a break, we need to know when the best thing for us right now is to just get some good sleep and eat a good meal.
And this is one of those times for me. I’ve also been feeling down lately, and have even prayed the same prayer as Elijah did, asking the LORD to please just take my life and end it now. But then I came up with a better idea, which was to take another vacation from my blog like I did last year. It’s not a big deal to do that, it’ll do me good to have a break, and I’ll be back with my regular post after about a week and a half or so. Just like Elijah came back from the episode in 1 Kings 19, I will be back too.
I pray all of you, Readers, also get the chance to take a week off from your labors this year and every year. I’m looking forward to my vacation and hope to make the best of it. Short blog posts really aren’t bad every now and then. I pray you’ll enjoy them until I come back.
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Until next time, be strong and do good!
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