Week 18   Day 6

 

  

there are those images

of the prophets as always

strong 

brave 

fearless 

 

but even 

the heroes hurt 

the faithful fail 

the joyful become sad 

the good give up 

the wounded withdraw 

the brave are beaten 

the strong weakened 

the fire extinguished 

 

the prophet Elijah ran away 

fearful of what might happen 

but even in fear the Lord is present 

and in our anxiety the Lord is abiding 

 

there is something to be said for retreat 

to be alone to assess 

to be by yourself to begin again 

to withdraw so you can review 

to seek the will of the Lord 

 

we may want to hide at times 

but that is not where we stay 

fleeing is fleeting 

retreats are not permanent 

and we come round again 

renewed and encouraged 

        visited by angels

 

        whether in hell or heaven 

        the Lord is there   

 

                                                                            ---rus

 

 

 

                               FEAR AND DEPRESSION
                       "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
                                              I Kings 19

 

     1Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he

had executed all the prophets with the sword.  2Then Jezebel

sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So let the gods do to me,

and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of

them by tomorrow about this time."  3Elijah arose and ran for

his life, and went to Beersheba, and left his servant there.

     4He went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came

and sat down under a broom tree.  He prayed, "It is enough! 

Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!"

     5Then as he lay and slept, suddenly an angel touched him,

and said, "Arise and eat."  6There by his head was a cake

baked on coals, and a jar of water.  So he ate and drank, and

lay down again.  7The angel came back the second time, and

said, "Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you." 

8So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength

of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the

mountain of God.

     9He spent the night in that place; and the word of the Lord

came and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"  10So he

said, "I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for

the children of Israel have killed Your prophets.  I alone am

left; and they seek to take my life."

     11Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before

the Lord."  Behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong

wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces,

but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an

earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12and
after
the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire;
and after
the fire a still small voice.

     13When Elijah heard it, he stood in the entrance of the cave. 

Suddenly a voice came to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 

14He said, "I alone am left; and they seek to take my life."

     15The Lord said to him, "Go, return on your way to the

Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael

as king over Syria.  16Also anoint Jehu king over Israel, and

Elisha you shall anoint as prophet in your place.  18 I have

reserved seven thousand in Israel, who have not bowed to Baal." 

     19So he departed, and found Elisha plowing with twelve yoke

of oxen.  Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. 

20He left the oxen,  21followed Elijah, and became his servant.
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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