But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” —1 Kings 19:4
I spoke to a friend today who said he has simply had enough. While an incredibly responsible person he has taken on too much. To add to it, he refuses to delegate, is reluctant to let small issues go, and feels the burden of his home, family, marriage, and work weighing down on him. "Enough," he exclaimed, "I've had enough!"
Well, he's not alone. Elijah too was discouraged, exhausted, and anxious. After great victories over the prophets of Baal, this great man of God feared and ran for his life. He ran from his recent success and far from the threats of Jezebel. And there in the desert, he sat down and prayed, defeated and worn the words you read above. Don't worry. It's okay to feel this way. Confess it to a friend and let him pray over you. And trust in God, he has been faithful in the past, and he will be faithful in the future. Maybe just around the next bend.
DO THIS: Confess your feelings with a brother.
PRAYER: God, thanks for Elijah. Today, at least I feel in the company of other great men. Show me what is around the bend, and lighten my load.