“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
So it’s been happening again…
Your daily activities and hobbies are seeming less and less interesting. Those important emails and familiar texts are now being ignored. Your phone calls are being sent straight to voicemail. Your dishes are piling up in the sink and beginning to resemble the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The laundry, well, you don’t even want to think about the laundry still decorating the chair in the corner of your room. Right now you just have little to no motivation to do anything at all. And if you’re being honest, your life at this moment feels rather…
Dear, I get it because I’ve been there. And now I desire to be of help to you because the Lord instructs us to comfort those in any trouble with the same comfort we ourselves received from Him. Today, I want to go into some details about depression and what the word of God says as encouragement. This mental illness that plagues so many people – especially our youth. So even if you decide to do nothing else today (and that’s perfectly okay) at least take a deep breath, get comfortable, and put aside a few minutes to read this blog. God healed me and I believe without a doubt He can and will heal you sooner than you know.
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
So let’s get one thing straight right now. No matter what anyone says, you are not crazy for feeling however you feel at this very moment.
Friend, you’ve been running through a dark tunnel with no signs of any light at the end for awhile now. Although I have never thought of harming myself or others, I do however know what it’s like to give up on life. I do know what it’s like to not care if you live or die. And I know what it’s like to have felt so many strong emotions at once that one day your mind is so tired of feeling that everything goes numb. Laying down all day, crying all night. Walking amongst the living yet you are no longer alive. Staring in the mirror pleading with yourself to hold on and be strong. Because you’re no longer that joyful person you used to be. You no longer smile or laugh with sincerity. And now, friend, you have started asking yourself those heavy questions like “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose?” “Who cares if I live or die?” Well, I care. I care because I know what it’s like to feel invisible, defeated, like a failure, and without cause. I was once you. You’ve been looking for a sign and, well, here it is. I come bearing the Light at the end of your tunnel.
I want you to know God says He loves you. He sees you. He has not forgotten you. He wants to bring you that peace you’ve been searching so long for. His arms are outstretched waiting to embrace you. You don’t have to be strong alone anymore, friend. It’s okay to cry. Get angry even. Just let all the emotions you need to out. Let the numbness thaw and the feelings bubble to the surface. Give them to Jesus. He wants you to cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you. He wants you to lean on Him. Draw your strength from Him. Your Father in Heaven is calling you out of the darkness of this world into His marvellous light. No one can give you a sound mind and a restful soul like Jesus. He is the only living God and He wants you to live and to live life abundantly. To go from being empty to being filled with eternal life. If you just draw close to Him in faith, He will reveal Himself to you.
“The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores then from their bed of illness.”
God is a healer of all illnesses. People always think of things like cancer or diabetes, but our God is not limited to physical ailments. He cures mental illnesses too. So don’t tell God how big your problem is. Tell that problem about how big your God is. I know how it feels to be drowning and no one around you even notices as you beg for help. People think you’re crazy when you try to actually explain it. They say it’s just demonic, but that’s not always the case. It can be a chemical imbalance in your brain. It can be from those childhood memories that just won’t stop replaying. It can be from shame you carry. It can be from fear of the unknown. It can be from rejection and abandonment. Depression is sometimes trickier to pinpoint because it can be an accumulation of many disappointments or just be a gaping void that nothing of this world can fill. So, dear, let God set your mind free. It won’t happen over night, but it WILL happen if you give it to God. Satan will do whatever to keep you crippled and powerless. He knows God’s plans for you. So who are you going to believe? Our all powerful God or some dainty devil who you can trample on if only you’d ever get up? I thank God for Jesus because if not for Him I would have numbingly drowned in the sea of my own thoughts a long time ago and been swept away by riptides of overwhelming fear.
“The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
To the dear heart going through a storm right now, just know that when you are drowning in this life remember your lifeguard walks on water. You’ll never have to fight another battle alone again if you just trust in Him. Cast all your anxieties on Jesus because He cares for you. I am living proof that God is still in the chain-breaking and soul saving business. And one more thing, friend.
You ARE strong, NOT alone, and WILL get through this.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.”