Emotional Pain

Time comes when life pushes us to the wall; when there seems to be nowhere to turn again; when the only way that seems to be available and appealing is to leave and let go.

Many great people have been there. Only one year ago, Anthony Bourdain, an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian, found himself in that situation. He took his own life. Men and women of faith are not exempted. Elijah, a notable prophet in the Bible was once there. Look at this:

Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” (1 Kings 19:3-4).

I want to share with you 3 red flags that I saw as I read that story again. First is fear. Elijah was afraid. Fear is powerful. Fear of death, fear of contracting certain disease, and fear of loss are some of the worst forms of fear that could make us take some dangerous steps. We need to be aware of that and deal with it. Find someone you can talk your fear with.

Second is loneliness. Elijah traveled alone. He abandoned the only person in his life. Life is too complex to live alone. We need people. We need friends and families. Gone are the days of lone rangers. Do you have people that you share your life with? People you rub your minds with; people that can speak into your life; people that can help you see things from another perspective? Do you reach out to such and share your mind with them?

And last is exhaustion. Elijah traveled all day which was most likely on foot. And before then, he has been at war with false prophets. Elijah was doing too much. Elijah was over stretching himself. Many are overworking themselves to clear their debt and, in the process, emptying their emotional tank. We can only go so far as our body and soul can carry us. Friend, life is too short! Take a break.