Shame: I Kings 19:9

In continuing my meditations on Shame, I drew this picture after reading I Kings 19:9.  Shame drives us into a cave of darkness.  Our vision is distorted.  Our wounds are open.  We withdraw from community.  Like Adam and Eve, we hide ourselves from the Lord.  In this verse, we find the prophet Elijah, full of shame and fear, running from God, hiding in a cave.  All his confidence has evaporated.  His faith has dried up.  Someone must draw him out.  He is paralyzed.  He cannot save himself.  In the darkness, Christ kneels beside him and quietly and whispers, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

“There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
– 1 Kings 19:9

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