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Life’s Darkest Moments

Charles Whittlesey was a hero’s hero. Leader of the so-called “Lost Battalion” in World War I, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery when his unit was trapped behind enemy lines. When the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated, Charles was chosen to serve as pallbearer for the first soldier laid to rest there. Two weeks later, it is presumed that he ended his own life by stepping off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.

Like Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-7), Charles was publicly strong, but in the quiet, post-public moments, his feelings of despair set in. People today frequently face situations bigger than they can handle. Sometimes it’s temporary despair brought on by fatigue, as in Elijah’s case. He had been part of a great victory over the 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 moment of our lives.

Father, grant us the candor to admit to each
other that sometimes life overwhelms us. And
grant us the courage to help others find
help—and to seek it when we need it.
Hope comes with help from God and others.


Elijah, deemed Israel’s greatest prophet, was highly revered and well spoken of by the Jews, by the Lord Jesus Himself, and by the apostles (Matt. 17:10-11; Luke 1:17; Rom. 11:2-4, James 5:17-18). He appeared with Moses at the transfiguration of Jesus (Matt. 17:3). Because Elijah did not die (2 Kings 2:1), the Jews believed he would come back again (Mal. 4:5). Many scholars believe that Elijah will be one of the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11.

30 thoughts on “Life’s Darkest Moments

  1. daisyh13 says:

    This post is so beautiful and greatly needed in today’s world. We know that God doesn’t want us to feel these negative emotions but the enemy tries so hard to keep us down. Life gets overwhelming for everyone even Christians. I hope we can help and encourage everyone we come in contact with. We have to show people that our God is bigger than our problems.

  2. bubbles says:

    I don’t understand how to reply to another comment–underneath of it. When I comment it always goes to the end.

    Secondly, I don’t understand why each day the devotional must be summarized and then expanded when the comments, I thought, were more for a reflection.

    Now because I have questioned this, I predict that I will be blocked for questioning what happens here although unkind posts are made almost daily and they are not blocked from this site.

  3. eternallyhis says:

    With four children of my own and four step-children, I didn’t have time for a nervous breakdown :). However, I came real close a few times. There were two times in particular that I remember, when I was certain I was losing it completely. Both times I started screaming and crying and couldn’t stop no matter how hard I tried, which terrified me and made me cry harder. I felt like I was going way over the edge and that scared me more. All praise to God for bringing Romans 8:28 to my mind, and for enabling me to claim His Word, even in my paranoid state. I knew that even if I did go totally insane God would work it together for good to me somehow. I stopped trying to calm myself down, but left God fully responsible and almost immediately, I was fine. Anyhow, I hope this helps someone. It’s usually so late in the day when I get on here, maybe I’ll copy and post this again in tomorrow’s comment section. Because of knowing how dark and terrible such episodes can be, I feel we should all share whatever God gives us to share to help one another. God’s blessings to all.

  4. ladiespirit says:

    I love this and I have been there and know someone that’s there now I will share this with them too

  5. says:

    I agree with the previous posts, depression is something that each of us has to deal with at sometime and place in our lives. And is a difficult subject…I have been sick for 10 years and I am often consumed with the pain from my illness. Pain does consume us, but as men we just want to fix it, and move on.
    I have taken the different meds for depression, that just made me drowsy and struggle with getting out of bed.
    I am not a Dr. But I believe what works for me the best is reading, memorizing and meditating on scripture. It always moves me from the negative to the positive thinking in my life. From bitterness to gratitude. From thinking about everything that’s wrong, including the guilt from my past sins and selfishness, to forgiveness, cleansing and freedom found only in the power of God.
    The power of Gods Word, do I believe Him….can I trust Him…..yes, I can….praise God from whom all blessings flow…only Gods Word, with the power of the Holy Spirit can change the way I think…..

    1. hopeful1 says:

      Amen and good on you, brother! It’s great to hear of another way that God shows His love for us. Keep at it, and God bless.

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