But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”
He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 1 Kings 19:4-12 (NRSV)
Elijah was one of the great prophets of God, yet in this passage he seems worn out, depleted, and feeling a bit hopeless.
Sometimes we feel like Elijah does here, as if all our efforts are for naught, and we wonder if what we do really means anything at all.
The important thing to remember is yes, God sees our struggle and He does provide rest and replenishment and strength for the journey. God is not only the hero of the Biblical narrative, but also of our own personal story.
In the 23rd Psalm we are reminded that He gives us green pastures and still waters, and walks with us even through the valley of the shadow of death.
In the silence we find God. Away from the chaos, when we look for Him, He is there, with comfort and peace when the storms have passed.
How can we rest in God and let Him be our hero today?