Emptiness sometimes follows spiritual success
1 Kings 19:3-4 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”
Elijah experienced emptiness after spiritual victory. Defeating the prophets of Baal and answered prayer for rain.
In our lives, emptiness sometimes also follows spiritual success. Yesterday was my last day at work for 2017. For the next couple of weeks, I don’t have work or recovery meetings to focus and leaving work today that made me feel a bit empty. And then I remembered Matthew 11:28 which says “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”
It is important for us all in the process of recovery to remember it is important to take time to rest and refresh. God’s plans and purpose for our lives are life-long and to accomplish it we need to take time to take care of our physical, spiritual and emotional health.