Ya know what? Sometimes, you just need a nap. And some food…from angels.
The prophet Elijah definitely needed these things before he could continue on in the purposes of God. In 1 Kings 19, we find a very anxious, exhausted, and depressed prophet under a broom tree. He is running from the wrath of Jezebel for killing the prophets of Baal at the Wadi Kishon. He is a national fugitive.
1 Kings 19:3-6 reads,
While most of us have not committed mass murder against prophets of Baal and ran from our national leadership, it’s safe to say that all of us have…well…just lived life. Living life can be gut-wrenching, heart breaking, frustrating, and exhausting. This will cause many of us to cry out to the Lord, the very words Elijah did: “It is enough now, Lord…”Nevertheless the Lord has more for us to do.
Personally, when I get like this, I forest-bathe. What’s forest bathing? While I like to hike, trail-run, and camp, forest-bathing is a bit different.
Forest bathing, or , is simply spending time outdoors under the canopy of trees. In Japanese, “shinrin” means forest and “yoku” means bath, or immersing oneself in the forest and soaking in the atmosphere through the senses, according to Dr. Qing Li, who is the president of the Japanese Society of Forest Medicine and one of Japan’s leading forest bathing researchers.
According to research on the subject, forest bathing their are benefits to the human immune system from phytoncides—essential wood oils or the “aromas of the forest”. , revealed the effects of phytoncides. Phytoncides were proven to decrease anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue.
Thank you, Gracious Lord for phytoncides!🌲
So whatever it is that brings you vitality, life, sustainability- be it yoga, running, sun-lounging; do it. Because God’s got things for you to do.
Peace and Love,
The Rev. Nicole Foster