August 6

1 Kings 19:4-8

“He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.” vs. 8

Elijah was on a pilgrimage of sorts. He’d gotten involved in a fierce struggle with Ahab, the king of Israel, and his pagan queen, Jezebel. Just when it seemed things were going well the tides shifted, and Jezebel focused her attention on revenge…she wanted Elijah dead. Fleeing her wrath he headed south…it seems he had decided to go back to Israel’s spiritual birthplace in the wilderness, Horeb or Sinai, the mountain of God. Some of us have had similar experiences with life crises. These are the unexpected blips on our radar…a death or divorce, the loss of a job, or the loss of health. We may not have had evil queens seeking our lives but we’ve felt the pain nonetheless. It’s in those moments that some folks go on pilgrimages…they want some clarity about the future and some redirection…maybe a new sense of  purpose. There’s a craving for spiritual depth and a desire to reconnect with God. Of course we don’t need to cross the seas to go on pilgrimages…there are a multitude of ways to enhance spiritual connections. And here’s the key: every pilgrim journey will require food along the way and a disciplined daily regimen. Ultimately it’s in this spiritual eating and drinking that we experience renewal and rebirth. In other words, it’s all about the journey and not the destination!

Thought for the Day: Where do I find bread for the journey?

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