"Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you." 1 Kings 19:7
We took a little vacation last week and went to visit family in New Hampshire-it wasn't any cooler there than it was here! One humid afternoon, one person in our group was unusually quiet-he's generally the one who keeps conversations going-and was feeling weak. He has some health issues so we were concerned. After some questions, he realized that he hadn't had anything to drink since his morning coffee-and the heat of the day had caused him to start to become dehydrated. After several glasses of cool water and a seat closer to the fan, he started to perk up.
The angels tell Elijah that he needs to eat and drink to be strong enough to carry out the journey God has set for him. Caring for our physical selves with proper nourishment and staying hydrated is important-even being short just a few glasses of simple water can start to shut us down.
We need to feed our spirits, too. The feast of bread and wine and the word of God are set out for us. Come to the table and fill up, so you will have strength for your journey!