The Boy in the Plastic Bubble was a 1976 television special based upon a true story of two boys who lacked an effective immune system, forced to live in a controlled environment. Those living outside this bubble may contract mono, draining people of their energy, sleeping up to 18 hours a day until their health is restored. While healing time varies, its important to take time away from your normal routine for regaining strength.
And after taking some food, Saul regained his strength, Acts 9:19a.
Poor eating habits, stress and long work hours can take a toll on human bodies, leading to other illnesses. Unfortunately, those stricken with cancer are often forced to endure chemotherapy if they want to survive. Add in the loss of hair and this disease can suck the will to live out of normally positive people. Recent clinics based by dietary advances have been successful in curing forms of cancer, yet some individuals are unable to digest the food necessary to live another day.
So Elijah got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God, 1 Kings 19:8.
Invisible to doctors, depression can also attack healthy people. Loss of appetite is a common sign. In the case of Elijah, he let the circumstances of life overwhelm him. Each day without food, Elijah became weaker. However, an angelic encounter snaps him out of this funk. Therefore, if you are burdened by stress or worry, set time aside to eat and sleep so that one day soon strength will be regained.
by Jay Mankus