1 King’s 19:9 – “And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?” (KJV)
Depression is a word that we don’t like to talk about; especially as Christians.
However, the truth is that many people feel anxious or depressed at times. These feelings are normal when we lose a loved one, experience a divorce, get fired from a job, or we encounter a difficult situation.
To overcome depression, we must be able to identify some of the signs…like restlessness, mood swings, feelings of helplessness, or the inability to perform simple tasks.
Once we think we are depressed, it is vitally important that we get some help. We can talk to a mental health or medical professional, pastoral counselor or clergy, loved ones or friends. The level of care we seek depends on the seriousness of our depression. The emphasis is that we don’t allow fear or shame to keep us from getting the help that we so desperately need.
In today’s story, Elijah, one of the most influential Old Testament persons, suffered a classical case of depression. At one point, he was so depressed, he asked God to take his life (v.4). At other times, he missed work for 40 days, hid in a cave, and thought he was all alone. However, at the right moment, God spoke to him and asked him a thought provoking question, Where are you, Elijah?
Like Elijah, we may not know where we are, and we may run and hide because the pain and the road ahead seems too hard. When this occurs, seek help from God in prayer and several other sources that I mentioned earlier. For who knows…if we are willing to fight, we may be able to overcome depression.
Dear Lord…help us not to be ashamed to admit when we’re down. Let us always be willing to ask for help. Amen!