I think everyone has certain readings that become favorites. We hear them, and even if we find we cannot completely apply them in our lives, these readings become familiar stops to help us to grow in our spirituality and in our relationship with God. The story of Elijah provides some familiar favorites for me.
Elijah has an interesting life as a prophet. He challenges the 450 prophets of Baal, to see which God can light the fire, and because of God’s mighty deeds, wins. Yet, the miraculous and unbelievable occurrence does not lead to greater faith on the part of the people, but rather a desire to kill Elijah. And so he becomes quite depressed, wanting to die.