“And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Arise and eat.” (1 Kings 19:5)
The Bible exposes a real-life issue here as we read of Elijah’s journey. “Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.” The number one symptom of depression is sleeping. You just don’t want to get out of bed. It is not that somebody is lazy or boring, maybe they are just depressed and they had rather stay in bed. But continue on and read this: “All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.” That happened again – “Get up and eat…”
Because we are chemical beings, our bodies sometimes get out of whack. Our electrolyte balance is impaired and we are not functioning properly. Picture yourself as a battery. Your battery is full of electrical charges. At the end of the nerves in your body are little things called neurons, and they are sending charges through your body. In depression, we are not charging our battery. Though simplistic, you get the gist.
I don’t know what was in that angel cake. Whatever it was, Elijah needed it. The angels made the bread, and all of a sudden Elijah was now able to function. By the way, there is nothing unspiritual about taking anti-depressants. This is not a sin. This is probably pretty wise because some people desperately need them who were born with a genetic predisposition for chronic depression, helping them to hit on all cylinders, if you will. The way you think affects the way you feel, and the way you feel affects the way you think, and sometimes medically it is necessary for you to have a touch of chemical help to allow you to function properly. There is nothing wrong with that.
Meet your physical needs. Some of us just need to get a good night’s sleep. Some of us need to do some exercise. Some of us need to eat right. Nutrition is a very, very important aspect. If you just keep eating fast food, it is going to slow you down. That is an important thought. Sometimes, the greatest spiritual advice is to take care of your body with proper nutrition and exercise. How are you doing with that today?