I had a wonderful time in Dunlap last weekend. The women were warm and friendly—fun too! We experienced the Presence of God in a very sweet way. His Spirit ministered to us through song, word, and fellowship! I was honored to be a part of something so special.
My husband went with me to Dunlap. Since I’ve been feeling fatigued lately, he drove, worked my book table, and carried my bags. He’s such a keeper! Not to mention he fits right in with the gals. He can joke and poke fun with the best of them. I never have understood why God called me to minister in this way—but I’m sure having fun doing it!
At times, however, it can be tiresome as well. Many of you know that I’ve been battling fatigue since the being of summer. Tests reveal I’m healthy as a horse so I must have over done it at some point. While I’ve been resting, I’m trying to be very intentional about how I spend my energy. That’s why I haven’t been blogging as much nor have I been on Facebook or twittering lately. I’m trying to spend quiet moments resting in God’s care.
Today, I received confirmation that rest is exactly what I need. Take a look at these words from David Jeremiah.
“Of all the “giants” Elijah faced, perhaps none so devastated him as Giant Fatigue. He poured every ounce of strength into his work for the Lord; and following his fire-and-brimstone sermon in 1 Kings 18, all his gauges were on empty. In utter exhaustion, he collapsed in depression and discouragement, fleeing to the desert and asking to die. The Lord’s question to him in 1 Kings 19 was gentle: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
The Lord laid out a simple plan of treatment for his drained prophet: (1) Rest, sleep, and nutrition, in verses 5-7; (2) time off in verse 8; (3) a fresh experience of God’s Word in verses 11-14; (4) a renewed assignment in verses 15-17; (5) the reassurance that things weren’t nearly as bad as Elijah thought in verse 18; and (6) a new friend in verses 19-21.
Yes, the Lord takes care of His own. And I’m going to let Him.