I have a coworker that I joke with sometimes about missing lunch. I will get caught up doing something and not take a break. Some days I look up in surprise and find that it’s well past 2 or 3pm and I’ve yet to eat. To my coworker, this is just crazy. He always says, “I would be so hangry right now if I were you”. When he first said it, I must have looked confused and he clarified “hangry" – you know when you’re so hungry that lack of food causes you to become angry, irritated and frustrated – HANGRY!!!”
I laughed. I don’t usually get hangry, but I think it would be great if there were a similar word to be used when you don’t get enough sleep. Because I can totally relate to irritability and frustration caused by sleep deprivation! I am sure others can as well. That reminded me of the story of Elijah in the Bible when he was on the run from Jezebel. He was exhausted, frustrated and fearful - so much so that he asked the Lord to take his life. Can you imagine his level discontent and depression? That is a stunning turnaround from the courageous and bold man we come to know in earlier passages and completely out of character.
1 Kings 19:5-8 says “ Then he lay down and slept under the broom plant. An angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 7 The angel of the Lord came back and woke him up again. The angel said, “Get up and eat, or your journey will be too much for you.” 8 He got up, ate, and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled for 40 days and nights until he came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
Sometimes when it comes to our temples (body and spirit), we just need some food and a nap to make us strong again. What happened with Elijah (minus the running for our lives part!) is the same thing that happens to us in our daily lives. We are so busy “doing” and trying to keep things together that we forget that healing for our “temple” can sometimes be as basic as food and rest. But God knows and provides what we need without us even asking for it. How many angels has He sent to you to force you to eat right or to sleep more? The angel that God sent could have been a mom, a dad, a spouse, a relative, a friend, or even a doctor.
Have you ever found yourself much more strengthened (like Elijah) after being fed and rested? I certainly have and I am so happy that God supplies all of my needs…because I LOVE naps! On a more serious note, sometimes the rest and the food that we require is not in the physical. It’s in the spiritual. But Jesus already supplied the answer. Matthew 11:28-30 says “Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
So Temple Warriors - Do you need a nap? Or do you need to eat? Whether you need to be fed or whether you need rest; whether in the spiritual or in the natural – God is the provider of all needs. Rest in Him and let Him fill you with His love, mercy, and grace.
Hope you enjoyed this “Temple Talk”. I’d love to hear your stories of how God has fed you and then given you rest. Feel free to comment below and leave a Temple Tidbit!
C.D. Temple is a preacher's kid and as such describes much of her Bible learning as "by default" of her environment, her upbringing and her everlasting love of God. She is God's child, wife, mother, writer, and worship leader at her church. Her debut novel, Addicted to G.I.V.I.N.G the first in a 3 part series called Addicted to God will be released October 9, 2017.