"...while he himself went a day's journey into the desert. He came to
a Juniper tree, 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." Then he lie down under the tree and fell asleep. All
at once an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat."" (1 Kings
In this passage, Elijah had become so weary running from Jezebel that
he sat under a Juniper tree and just asked the Lord to take his life.
But the Lord knew exactly what Elijah needed and He sent forth a
messenger to revive and nourish him. I love it this passage.
It truly speaks of God, in His infinite mercy. He sent an angel to
minister to Elijah and that was just enough to help him get up and
continue to do great things for the Lord. We've all been under that
tree, haven't we? Some of us are there right now.
Perhaps you know of someone who is growing weary and in need of
refreshment. Let's be available for the Lord, to be that messenger
and supply his or her needs. Make a meal, give a gift, offer your
time, maybe even just bring a word of encouragement or a hug â??
perhaps that's all someone needs to get up from under the Juniper
tree and keep on the path for the Lord!
When you supply a need for someone else, you are acting as God's
messenger - an earthly angel is how I like to think of it. Proverbs
says that he who refreshes others will, himself, be refreshed!