Church Work & Elijah: God’s Prescription for R&R (part II)

This article is part 2 of a 2-part series. For part 1, click HERE

Remember Elijah and the exhaustion he was experiencing? It’s something we all experience. How about considering God’s prescription for Elijah’s R&R…and think about it for you as summer has arrived.

#1- The whisper of God. Elijah may have wanted a light show and a powerful emotional experience. Instead, God showed himself in a simple whisper, and the prophet was back to listening and talking with God. God still whispers today. Our culture demands a worship experience of high emotion and impactful messaging. But let’s get to the basics of how God  speaks to us- His written Word, His gifts of Baptism and His Supper. Those whispers remind us of the repentant life we need and how God feeds that life with his very self.

Does your summer include reading a good book? How about a book of the Bible? Psalms? A Gospel? Let God’s whisper ring in your ear. And make sure worship is a priority for your R&R. God’s service to us is essential for daily life, let alone for monumental healing.

#2- Look and listen for seeing all that God has put in our lives to fulfill His will. It’s not about our will being pursued and being accomplished. It’s about God’s will and His accomplishments. Go to him in prayer and get out of His way. See the opportunities He has placed in your life to fulfill your call to your church and school.

Paul also reminds us to not be concerned about product- God takes care of that. “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.” (1 Corinthian 3:5). As you get away a bit this summer, consider the parents, the colleagues and other partners in the Gospel that God has placed in ministry with you and ponder how together God’s will be done in school year 1718.

Enjoy your summer and our prayer is that as August arrives, you are refreshed and strengthened to continue service in God’s call for you.