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Ruthe's Secret Roses - by Ruth Marlene Friesen
Ruthe's Secret Roses
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Angelic Energy Food

Elijah, a bold prophet of God, had just had a mountain top experience, where he had triumphed with tremendous miracles over the enemy. He had challenged the 400 priests of Baal to a contest, and dramatically, he had won. Fire fell from heaven and ate up his sacrifice. The people had jumped on the 400 priests of Baal and killed them.

But now he was on the run. Not because he had done something bad, but because bad Queen Jezebel had sent word that she was going to get him!

Crazy, isn't it? We too can have a mountain top experience where we boldly speak out for the Lord, and do amazing things. Then along comes another matter, and it scares the daylights out of us. Like Elijah here, we tuck in our tail, so to speak, and run.

It seems at first his servant was keeping up with him, but Elijah left him at Beersheba, and he ran another day's journey into the desert. (Poor servant; he probably wasn't as scared as his master, so he didn't have the same motivation or adrenalin).

Finally Elijah got as far as he could go. He collapsed under a broom tree and prayed, "I've had enough, Lord. Take my life!" Then he fell asleep from utter exhaustion.

How do you suppose God felt about this coward? Did He tell him to turn around and head right back?

No. The Bible tells us in 1 Kings chapter 19, that an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat."

He looked around that there close to his head was a cake of fresh-baked bread and a jar of water. He ate and laid down again.

The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you."

So Elijah got up and ate and drank again. In the strength of that angel food he was able to travel another forty days and nights! He got all the way to Mount Horeb where God had given Moses the ten commandments. There he found a cave and hid in it.

You know, this moves me to tears. It tells me that when we are utterly exhausted and depressed, God will help us to get away and rest. In fact, it would be a good thing to plan ahead for a quiet few days right after we've been super-busy serving the Lord. We will be drained and need to refresh our spirit.

Notice that God sent an angel with special heavenly food for Elijah which gave him amazing strength to carry on.

We probably won't have to ask for it either, but watch - an angel will likely come to minister to you in some unique, appropriate-to-you way, when you are spent to the nth degree. It may be a gift of food, it may be a kind word or compliment from someone that happens by.

It may be that you get into God's Word, that is our true spiritual, heavenly food. There precious promises inspire and enthuse you so you can rest, and instead of giving up to die, you eventually get up and go again.

Look! If you have a Bible, you have heavenly food. Eat! Drink deep of Jesus, the water of life, You'll be energized!


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