I think many people are facing various levels of exhaustion – may the below which was sent to me, help us all:
2020 has been tough. So, what do you do if you’re feeling emotionally exhausted? Elijah gives us a great model in 1 Kings 19:10. When Elijah was emotionally exhausted, God led him to do three things that helped him recover—and they’re things that can help you recover, too, when you’re at the end of your rope:
Rest your body
In the world’s most famous psalm, the Bible says this about God: “He makes me lie down in green pastures” (Psalm 23:2 NIV). Sometimes God must make you lie down because you’re unwilling to do it on your own. It is very hard to be spiritually and emotionally strong while you’re physically depleted. That’s what happened to Elijah.
God did not scold Elijah. God didn’t say, “Come on, man. You’re just having a pity party.” It seems, he simply let Elijah sleep. First Kings 19:5 says, “Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep” (NIV). Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do when you’re emotionally exhausted is take a nap: rest.
Release your frustrations
Revealing your feelings can be the beginning of healing. In 1 Kings 19:10, Elijah says this to God: “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too” (NIV). Elijah didn’t hold anything back. He didn’t filter his feelings. He told God his frustrations. Here’s the point you can’t miss about this verse: God isn’t shocked when you do this. He’ll listen to you until you run out of words. Let them all out. God can handle anything you throw at him.
Remember and refocus on God
When you’re emotionally exhausted, you need to remember what God says and who he is. When you do that, you shift your eyes away from your problem and toward Jesus. You get a fresh awareness of God’s power, presence, and personality. In 1 Kings 19:11-13, God demonstrated his power firsthand to Elijah. The Lord showed him who was in control. When you’re struggling, it’s often because you’re trying to play God and control everything. When you refocus on God, you realize he is in control. You can stop exerting your own control. If you’re feeling like this, God hasn’t forgotten you. Just like God did with Elijah, God stands ready and willing to help.