During Depression and Despondency by Pastor Ed Young
The next cost of depression was that he isolated himself from others. Elijah isolated himself from others. Have you ever wondered why the cast on Gilligan’s Island is so wacky? Think about it, Gilligan, Skipper, Professor, Mary Ann, Ginger, Thurston Howell III and Lovey. They are nuts. They really are. And this week I have discovered why. Isolation. Isolation. They so isolated themselves for so many years on Gilligan’s Island that they began to do crazy things. They tried to make radios out of coconuts. If you stay isolated long enough in depression, you will begin to try to make radios out of coconuts.
Elijah should have been drawing close to his friends. We should draw near those who can help us. But, strangely, during depression and despondency and loneliness we isolate ourselves from the people who can help us the most. Verse 3 says, “When he came to Beersheba….” Now it doesn’t say he grabbed a beer, it says he came to Beersheba, that is a city. “When he came to Beersheba he left his servant, while he, himself, went a days journey into the dessert.” I love the way the Bible emphasizes that – he, himself. We are always the most susceptible when we are alone during a time of discouragement. I know it is our tendency to draw away, to Gilligan’s Island, but don’t do that. Seek help. Seek help. Seek help.
Fellowship Church Grapevine – He lost his perspective. He isolated himself from relationships. And also, notice verse 4. He neglected the warning signs. Elijah neglected the warning signs. I love car alarms. Different alarms have different sounds. I recommend car alarms because if you get one it will lower your car insurance. But the thing about car alarms is this. Car alarms go off all the time. We don’t even pay any attention to them.© Copyright 2012admin, All rights Reserved. Written For: Fellowship Church Grapevine