I Kings 19
Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there.
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” 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. At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.
And here follows the well-known story of the earthquake, the fire, then the STILL SMALL VOICE. How many times have I read that story since I have been reading the Bible through since high school? How many times have I read it aloud or heard it read at Sunday Eucharist or retreats? Dozens! Yet, until now, I have missed that the STILL SMALL VOICE story is preceded by a nourishing meal provided by the angel of God. I am posting this entry to memorialize that profound revelation. It has been there all along, but this is one of those instances where I am tempted to say, “Was that in the Bible the last time I read it?”
 A very reasonable fear.
 How many times in the past year+ have I asked this? The intensity of God’s work in my life felt unbearable and the feeling returns again and again.
 Get up and feed on the food provided by God’s angel and don’t try to tough it out on your own.
 A reminder to remain in good nutrition from that angel food. One meal will not suffice. Maintain, maintain, maintain.