This past week I ran into this gem of a Scripture passage hidden away in the book of Haggai. It moved me deeply considering the season I’m in, and I wanted to share it with all of you!
"Then the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: 'Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? This is what the Lord of Heaven's Armies says: Look at what's happening to you! You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes! This is what the Lord of Heaven's Armies says: Look at what's happening to you! Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord.'"
Haggai 1:2-8, NLT
This passage is talking about how God's people had been neglecting the rebuilding of the literal temple of God. As New Testament believers, we are God's temple (1 Corinthians 6:19), and He feels the same way about the care of these bodily temples as He did about the temple He dwelt in in the Old Testament! Doesn't that blow your mind? But in this day of scurry here, hurry there, achieve achieve achieve - depression, anxiety, fatigue, auto-immune disorders, digestive issues, and all kinds of mental and physical health issues are at an all-time high. This is a result of planting, building, and doing in our own strength, instead of surrendering to God and tending to our temples, and trusting that He will grace and enable us to do everything He's called us to do - but in HIS strength.
I could talk all day about the importance of rebuilding our temples, of self-care, but let me just leave you with a few action points instead…