Have you ever had an absolute come apart? Like, a two-year-old tantrum? And I’m not talking about making a scene in public, but the kind you throw in private, that only you and Jesus can see. Now just so we’re clear, I have never done anything like this…ok, maybe a time or two this has happened. Alright, if I’m being sincere, it happens way more than I want to admit to you.
I like to call these little fits, pity parties. Maybe you can relate. Something’s gone wrong that day, and you throw a pity party for yourself. Sadly, I’m quite the party girl when it comes to pity parties! I pout and complain because of this or that, stomp around and flail my arms. And sulk all alone at my party for one.
As I was reading in 1 Kings 19 this week, this thought of move on was birthed in my heart. A particular verse jumped off the pages at me, a verse I’ve read many times, but never really saw before.
He entered a cave there and spent the night. Suddenly, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “what are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 King 19:9
So that we all understand what’s happening in this scripture, I’ll give you a short run down. Elijah had just challenged the prophets of Baal to a showdown to see who’s God was the one true God. So they both called on their God to send fire from heaven and no surprise, God sent the fire and proved once more He is the one true God! Then after the fireworks, Elijah ordered that the prophets of Baal be killed. Soon after Ahab told Jezebel what had happened and she sent Elijah a message letting him know she was going to kill him. Let’s pick up in verse three.
3 Then Elijah became afraid and immediately ran for his life. When he came to Beer-sheba that belonged to Judah, he left his servant there, 4 but he went on a day’s journey into the wilderness. He sat down under a broom tree and prayed that he might die. He said, “I have had enough! Lord, take my life, for I’m no better than my fathers.” 5 Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree.
He took off outta there like a rocket! He was afraid, and no one was gonna stop him or his pity party under the broom tree. I’m sure we’ve all been there, we’ve all said those four words in verse four; I have had enough! We become overwhelmed by our situations and circumstances, and we head to our party. Maybe for you, it’s the feeling of never gaining ground in your finances. Or perhaps it’s the never-ending battles in your relationship. Perhaps, it’s a million little things and it becomes a snowball of overwhelming circumstances, and you’ve had enough! This is where I often find myself. And before long I’m yelling at the walls or worse I’m yelling at God about my situation and then when I finally allow him to speak, I hear him say, “what are you doing here?” Cassie, why are you sitting here in this party for one, sulking and pouting? I’ve told you that I’m in the middle of your mess, I haven’t left you alone to deal with the chaos your facing. I’ve not left you alone to fight this battle. I’ve not promised peace to watch you suffer. I’m here in the middle with you, but it’s time to get up, dry your eyes and move on.
God has so much more for each of our lives than to leave us broken and afraid. He has more for our lives than to let us die where we are.
5 Suddenly, an angel touched him. The angel told him, “Get up and eat.” 6 Then he looked, and there at his head was a loaf of bread baked over hot stones, and a jug of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 7 Then the angel of the Lord returned for a second time and touched him. He said, “Get up and eat, or the journey will be too much for you.” 8 So he got up, ate, and drank. Then on the strength from that food, he walked forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.
God understands what we are going through and He has promised to go ahead of us, carry us, and be with us right in the middle of it all. But He loves us entirely too much to leave us there. He wants us to move on, and move into the fullness of life He came to give us. And He will provide everything we need to move on, to move forward into the fullness He has for each of us. So friends, don’t sit down, don’t hide out, get up and move on. He has incredible plans for each one of you!