“So he did what the Lord told him.” I Kings 17:5,6
Living with chronic illnesses, we discover there are times we have committed to doing something, only to awaken that morning with our energy supply at zero. At these times we have to call & excuse ourselves for not being able to keep our commitment.
While recently reading a book called Sowin’ Seeds & Touchin’ Lives by Carol Krejci, I found a wonderful phrase to call these times of complete exhaustion: “Energy Bank.”*
Carol & a friend both lived with health issues, but also had a ministry of traveling around the country witnessing for the Lord.
Before committing, they would call each other & ask, “How’s your ‘Energy Bank’ right now? Are you up to taking on a commitment at this time?”
I thought this was a great way of letting others know our capabilities on any given day. That “Bank Account” can be “overdrawn” very easily. We are the only ones who know when this is the case.
And, sometimes we can save & still not have enough the next day – or the next. Don’t give up – keep on saving!
I have adopted this “phrase,” & have used it myself lately. Do people underst&? Not usually. But God underst&s, & approves. By knowing when to “draw” from our “Energy Bank,” or to leave it in the “Bank” to earn “interest/energy,” the more we “might” be able to “draw” out later.
Remember how God told Elijah to go to the Brook Cherith? The Ravens fed him & he drank from the brook. Then . . .he slept . . .over & over this went on. “REST!”
I believe this was God’s way of preparing Elijah for a very important mission He had for him to do.
I think God still uses us in the same way. We who are limited in what we can do must let God be our provider & director. Sometimes that means to leave our “energy” in the “bank” to draw interest to be used for Him later. Rest when needed – & let the Lord feed you in preparation for His work later. It’s really permissible!”
“Thank you, Lord for Your strength when we most need it!”
* Used with Carol’s Permission
About the Author:
Alice enjoys helping others, so she had learned to “save” in her “Health Bank Account” for those occasions when they arise. She wants to do all for the glory of her Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.