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“The Cure For Fatigue”

People are wearing out today.  Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  We’re suffering from shelter-in-place, actual quarantine for some, others exposed to COVID with friends or relatives actually having the virus, loss of jobs, non-contact with family or friends and now the debate surrounding opening schools.  Whew!!  And then there’s violence in many cities with innocent people being severely injured and some losing their lives.  We wonder, is this coming to where we live?  So how are YOU doing?  How are you handling all the “Stuff” that’s going on around you?  What’s the temperature in your home (not what the wall thermostat says) among loved ones?  Are you tired yet?  I think we all are and we just want things to go back to some type normalcy.  I’m speaking to someone today that needs a break!  Seriously!!  YOU need a break!!!  Here’s how to get one.

 

When the Israelites were on their way to the Promised Land they came face to face with the Red Sea.  God performed a miracle by splitting the water allowing them to walk across on dry ground.  Once on the other side however, they began to grumble and complain.  The trip was harder than they thought it would be.  There were unexpected challenges and lots of surprises.  A few people became upset and as they became aggravated, they aggravated others.  (Funny how that works).  As they journeyed they became weary – physically, mentally and emotionally.  They must have wondered, “How long will this trip last?  How much farther do we have to go?”  But then something marvelous happened.  God showed up!!  The Lord showed up, as He ALWAYS DOES, right when the Israelites (and YOU) needed Him most.

 

Exodus 15:27 says, “Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters.”  We all need an Elim.  The truth is, I need an Elim everyday  and I believe you do too.  My Elim is where I meet God on a daily basis.  At an early morning hour I get a cup of coffee, pick up my Bible and a writing pad and head to my back deck.  As the sun begins to rise I watch it as it touches first the top of trees in a distance then falls across them illuminating them like an artist with his brush.  I hear the sounds of running water in the creek below and the birds starting to chirp as they begin their new day.  I look, listen and thank God for His power, majesty, creation and love.  That’s my Elim.  I’ve found I need that time in the beginning of each day.  We all need an Elim, because that where you’ll experience God’s presence.  It’s here we’ll find rest as well as strength for our weariness and stress.  At Elim there is fresh pasture, fresh water, palm trees, and special moments with God.   Elim is where you’ll find a cure for your fatigue, weariness and despair.

 

Pastor Carnes