Wipe Out! This was a song popular in ancient times, the 60’s! The single hit the charts in 1963 and was by the Surfaris. It was an instrumental with an occasional shrill voice saying “Wipe Out”!
I think we are all subject to spiritual wipe out. Some might call it spiritual burn out but it requires a spiritual restoration. In the bible, one of the best stories of restoration is Elijah under the broom tree.
“Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.’ Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, ‘Get up and eat!’ He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat some more or the journey ahead will be too much for you.’” (1 Kings 19:3-7 NLT)
How many of you are burdened by cares that are weighing you down? How many have fought the good fight for a long time, but now you are in need of restoration? Elijah was no different. He had been God’s man in a battle against sin and had brought glory to God. He had been brave and courageous fighting evil with God’s help but afterward found himself frightened and fleeing for his life at the threat from Jezabel the queen.
Our passage picks up as he runs alone into the wilderness as a beaten and exhausted man. In 1 Kings we are told that he even prayed to die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. I can almost feel the prophet’s weariness, can’t you?
Today in this upside-down world I have found myself saying, “That’s it I have heard enough, seen enough and like Elijah, I’m searching for that broom tree to fall under. Precious “caretakers” have you exhausted your physical, emotional, and spiritual energy? Does the broom tree look appealing to you? Has financial upheaval taken your last ounce of strength? Are you empty, tired, and spent? Have you had enough? Are you wiped out from the burdens you carry? Like Elijah of old, let the Lord nourish your body and soul. Taste of his goodness in his word, drink from the cup of his grace.
I love what the angel of the Lord said to him after he had slept, “Get up and eat some more or the journey ahead will be too much for you”. Can you feel the shade from the broom tree as you rest? Lay back and be restored or the journey ahead will be too much for you. From “Wipe Out” to Restoration as we rest under “God’s broom tree.”