“Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'” (1 Kings 19:9).

In typical form, a great high is followed by an incredible low. For Elijah, the exhilaration of defeating the prophets of Baal has given way to depression resulting from the threats of Jezebel. Not even prophets are exempt from the color-blinding effects of depression…an insidious mental condition that robs one of the vividness of life. God’s question to his prophet, and the narrative that follows, isn’t psychologically concerned but is exclusively theological. The promise is that even in such seasons, we can have faith in God–that he is near, ourselves–that our lives matter, and others–that we are not alone. There is more of your story to be written. This is the upside we cling to even when down.

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