Dealing with Emotional Pain

Elijah said: “I have had enough, Lord. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4

Elijah was battling with a serious bout of depression. At that point, many would rather take their own life just to end the pain, but Elijah wanted God to do it. What a smart man! I could hear him showing up in heaven screaming: “Lord, you know I didn’t do it!”

What do you do when your back is pressing hard against the wall? What other way apart from death?

It’s amazing what happened next: While waiting for God’s big knife, Elijah slept off. Could it be that depression is a result of lack of good rest? Could exhaustion be a contributing factor? Could it be that Elijah was stretching and stressing himself too much? Could it be that depression is a result of too many activities and involvement?

By rest I mean peace of mind, not just cessation of activities. One can be idly sitting by whereas their mind is like a sport arena. There could be lots of turbulence and turmoil going on in their mind

I’m not minimizing emotional pain. I know it is serious and deep seated but could rest alter its course even if a little bit?

And even when God eventually showed up, He came with a meal tray, and not a knife. Could Elijah’s problem be lack of rest coupled with inadequate nutrition?

Tons of research has established that nutrition can play a key role in the onset as well as severity and duration of depression. These may include poor appetite, skipping meals, and a dominant desire for sweet foods. Maybe before you ante your dosage, it might be a good idea to do a critical appraisal of your eating habits.

When Elijah tasted the meal from Heaven’s Grill, Scripture says he traveled in the strength of that food for 40 days. Wow! That must be power packed.

Friend, before you take that road that has now become well-traveled but laden with so much pain and hurts, can you try out these simple but powerful remedies? Can you take some time out to give yourself a good rest? Can you adjust your eating habits and give your body the necessary nutrients it needs to function?

I see you coming out … with flying colors! Have a fruitful week.