Going Deeper 08.04.2021

The first reading for Pentecost 10... 1 Kings 19:4-8

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.

Last week we considered Jesus' example of taking time to get away from things to rest, and in this text we see a similar thing happening with the prophet Elijah, although his journey to the wilderness was in truth more of an escape than a vacation.  After his contest/confrontation with the prophets of Baal, Elijah is so totally exhausted that he was ready for his life to end.   in this story we see the need to trust that God will meet us in our times of exhaustion and desperation and provide what is needed for us to carry on.   

What is needed for us at all times-- and especially in times of exhaustion and desperation-- is the presence of God.  We have been hearing much about bread in our readings recently.  In this week's Gospel we will hear Jesus proclaim Himself to be "The Bread of Life."   I believe we receive the "Bread" of Jesus through the written word, through prayer, and through the Sacrament of the Altar... which is why gathering regularly to receive these gifts is an important part of our journey.

There is a time and place for "self-care"-- for resting, recreation, and even feasting.  And there comes times and places for "God's care"-- for receiving His gifts, His strength, His provision.  We are wise to seek and practice both.

With You in Him,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"