“The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.’”

1 Kings 19:7

In the Bible story of Elijah’s escape from King Ahab, Elijah was on the run when he said something that sounded stunningly contemporary: “I have had enough, LORD. Take my life” (19:4). But the Lord strengthened him, coming to his aid with jars of water and fresh-baked cakes of bread.

A young couple who was on a long journey home on 9/11 could probably relate well to that angelic care. Clark and Roxanne Loper were returning to the U.S. from Kazakhstan where they had just adopted their new little daughter. When their plane had to land in Gander, Newfoundland, because all U.S. airspace was closed, their journey grew even longer. But like the angel of the Lord for Elijah, the Canadians in Gander let their hospitality wash over the Lopers until they were able to carry on.

When the journey of life has you fearful and longing for home, know that the Lord reaches down and comes to your aid. He cares when the journey is too much for you. After all, He took your place in the hardest of journeys, the one which led Him to the cross.

Scripture Focus

1 Kings 19:1-9


The Lopers traveled some 8,000 miles by plane, ferry, and automobile. No matter what the length of your journey, Jesus goes with you each step of the way.

Bible In A Year

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