The angel of the LORD came a second time, touched Elijah, and said, ‘Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.’ (1 Kings 19:7)
In this story, Elijah is fleeing from those who would kill him – for being true to God’s word. Despite wishing to die to be rid of his troubles, God cares for Elijah. Each of us needs ‘food for the journey’. This can be as simple and profound as eating in a healthy way. There is also a metaphorical sense – making sure my soul is fed. This can take the form of leisure, reading, writing, reflection – as well as our spiritual food, the Eucharist.
Young people can speak of FOMO (fear of missing out) – being obsessed about taking every opportunity without discerning whether they have the time and energy to realistically take them up. Having ‘food for the energy’ is also about allowing time to stop, reflect and recharge our batteries. We do well to speak about ‘food for the journey’, while also modelling it to the young people in our care.
Have a great week!