“…the journey is too much for you.”
1 Kings 19:7
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we lived in a perfect world with perfect
parents, happy childhoods, full bank accounts, good health, and
ideal marriages? You may remember the days when family programs like
“Father Knows Best” or “Leave it to Beaver” presented a problem in
the first five minutes of the show, but Mom and Dad managed to
resolve it and bring it to the perfect conclusion in 30 minutes. Of
course, that isn’t the reality, is it?
We live in a broken world, and if that world didn’t beat you up when
you were a child, it nails you when you’re an adult. And if it
hasn’t yet, it will because pain and sorrow come to all of us in one
way or another. Job said it well in
Job 14:1, “Man that is
born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.” That “trouble”
might be childhood trauma, a broken marriage, a prodigal child, the
loss of a job or career, a chronic or terminal illness or the death
of someone we love.
God says over and over again, “Go and I am with you…,” and I could
list scores of times when God told His people to go and do something
and He would be with them. Example: In
Joshua 1, God told
Joshua to go into the Promised Land. He told Joshua not to be afraid
because God was going to be with him. Again and again, God made that
promise to His children.
But what about those other times, when you’re in the wilderness like
Elijah was in
1 Kings 19? When the
trouble is so overwhelming, you don’t what to do? When it really IS a
- And it IS a tragedy if you
were abused, unloved, or abandoned as a child.
- It IS a tragedy when your
- It IS a tragedy when you get
that terrible diagnosis.
- It IS a tragedy when you’re
trapped in an addiction or love someone who is.
- It IS a tragedy when people
you love have broken your heart.
- It IS a tragedy when you have
a prodigal child.
- It IS a tragedy when someone you
At times like those, I don’t need trite sayings like, “Our
disappointments are God’s appointments” or even “God’s going to use
this for your good and His glory.” Both those things may be true,
but when tragedy strikes, those words aren’t helpful.
Troubles are going to come, and there will be times when, like
Elijah, the “journey is too much for us.” When we’re wounded and
damaged and weary physically, emotionally and even spiritually, it
isn’t platitudes we need. It’s recovery.
As we look at what recovery means over the next few weeks, my prayer
is you will be gentle with yourself, realizing you’re doing the best
you can right now and recovery takes time and effort.
Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today,
took a new look at the word recovery and how it might apply to us?