Sometimes, we may be publicly strong, but in the quiet, post-public moments, feelings of despair will set in. This happened to Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-7). People today frequently face situations bigger than they can handle. Sometimes, they have a tendency to give up. But, giving up is not an option.
As in Elijah's case, temporary despair was brought on by fatigue. He had been part of a great victory over he prophets of Baal (18:20-40), but then he feared for his life and ran into the wilderness (19:1-3). But often, it's more than despair and it's more than temporary. That's why it is imperative that we talk about depression openly and compassionately.
God offers His presence to us in life's darkest moments, which enables us, in turn, to be His presence to the hurting. Crying out for help, from others and from God, may be the strongest moments of our lives. It is because hope comes with help from God and others. Always ask for help in your life's darkest moments.