Do you know what gets under my skin? When I comb my hair just so, gather it up in a pony, and just as I’m about to twist the elastic, it snaps in my hand. While I search for a new one with one hand I’m holding my hair with the other, hoping I won’t drop a piece.
Some days I’ve felt just like that band. I’m worn out, stressed, at the end of my rope, and I don’t have another twist in me. While I was talking to a friend today, I got the sense that she too was on her last twist. Stressed beyond anything she thought she could handle, wondering if life will ever let up.
As I got to thinking about her, I was reminded of the goodness of God. While we can’t rely on our strength alone, we can always rely on His.
I started reading 1 Kings Chapter 19 where we see Elijah running from Jezebel afraid for his life. The Bible tells us that he sat down under a Juniper tree hoping to die, and in fact, he prayed asking that God would take his life.
What I love about this story is how the Angel of God tenderly cared for his needs. Like The Good Shepherd Who makes his sheep to lie down in green pastures beside the still waters, God nurtured and cared for Elijah.
He gave him food, He gave him rest, and then in a still small voice, He gave him direction and hope.
I want to remind you today that the season you’re in is just that–a season. We need only look up when we’re feeling down. He’s the same God today as He was yesterday–the same faithful God that He will be tomorrow. And just as He cared for Elijah, He’s caring for you, and you will find rest for your soul.
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Tilling the Soil
Read 1 King’s 19 where The Angel of the Lord appears to Elijah.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28, NIV)
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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