Have you ever had one of those ‘duvet’ days where the world seems too much to face? There you are tucked up on the sofa wishing all your anxieties away, less the bold adventurer and more the overwhelmed child looking for the hug of the Father. If so, you’re not alone. Even some of God’s greatest prophets found themselves needing a duvet day.
Elijah was a bold and fierce prophet. In an act of judgement, brought on by the evil King Ahab and his wife Jezebel, he prayed for God to stop the rain and it stopped raining for 3 years.
Then we see him facing off with the prophets of Baal in ‘the calling down fire challenge’. Elijah wins (with God’s help of course!), and fire falls on the altar, and to top it all Elijah slays 450 of the evil prophets.
Following on from this great victory, Elijah once again prophesies to Ahab the king. This time he says “get ready, the rains are coming again”. Elijah prays and the rains return. He then races the king‘s chariot back to Jezreel on foot—a race he wins.
Elijah had acted with great boldness and faith and experienced God doing amazing things. Then in this moment of victory, he hears that the evil queen Jezebel wants to kill him, and he runs for his life. Eventually, Elijah hides in a cave. This is Elijah in the ultimate “stop the world I want to get off” duvet day. It’s here that God meets with him.
So I would like to say to you:
- Even if you are the ultimate world shaker and history maker, it’s okay to have a bad day.
- You don’t always know what will tip the balance. Elijah faced 450 evil prophets, the King, and a hostile people with great boldness, but one threat from Jezebel sent him running.
- God will meet with you there, in that place of hiding.
- If you let Him, He will turn your situation around.
We can all suddenly face ‘overwhelm’. Know that duvet days are permitted. Just make sure along with the duvet and ice cream, you determine to meet God there.
What are your stories of encountering God’s goodness in the midst of dark days? Please leave a comment below.
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