Title: Stress is Old
Date: January 19, 2015
The Prophet Elijah was on the run for his life.
The first thing he did when he got to the desert is complain to God about how he’s messed up, and how he’s no good, just like his no good ancestors, and that the best solution is dying.
Getting it off his chest to God was the right thing for him to do. Elijah was upset, all shook up, and under major stressors from all that had happened – the people abandoning God, the people killing God’s prophets, Elijah single-handedly killing all the prophets of Ba-al, Queen Jezebel seeking his life, and Elijah on the run – literally. He’d have busted open if he’d kept it all bottled up.
Instead, Elijah complained to God, thereby easing his own internal pressures, and thus ensuring he’d get a nap under a lonely, and solitary, broom tree.
When we’re facing terrible trials and tribulations in the wilderness of our lives, when we’re facing suffering – illness, unemployment, poverty, hunger, the cold, or any tragedy, talking to God, talking with God, is a useful place to start. The first thing God does for Elijah after the complaining is – nothing. God lets Elijah vent and nap. Then the angel came.
Complaining to God about your suffering is enough of a prayer for starters, and then, take a nap. Naps are good.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, life is stressful, sometimes bad things happen, and sometimes we mess up. Hear our complaint, O God, and touch us. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: Give it all to The Loving One.
Elijah’s story: 1 Kings 19
AL-WADÛD, The Loving One, Quran (11:90) (85:14)