Depression has plagued me since I was a pre-teen. There have been days where I have been so sad and down, even when there is nothing to be sad or down about. I have a beautiful life – why am I so sad?
I believe almost everyone who suffers from depression has asked themselves that question at some point in time. Sometimes it may be a chemical imbalance, occasionally it may be circumstantial. But regardless the reason, the sadness sinks in, and it can be hard to shake.
After giving my life to Christ, things got better for me. My happy days started to finally outweigh my dark days. But the sadness didn’t disappear for good. It still crept in, sometimes disappearing after days, other times taking months.
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18.
There is hope – God is near me. Even in the unexplained sadness I have from time to time. Even when I want to be full of joy in every moment, but all I can manage to do is crawl into bed. God is there, waiting for me to reach for Him so He can wrap His arms around me. He is there for you, too.
Don’t push God away in the sadness. As easy as it is to push others away – please don’t push God away. He is the only one who can truly rescue us from this battle we are in. God is near the brokenhearted. He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. He love us so.
And if I can be so brave…. Let’s talk about it. Speak up!
I always think, ‘They won’t understand.’ Or, ‘I’m a Christian, I’m not supposed to be depressed anymore, right?’
Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we won’t get sad or battle with depression. The great thing is, we don’t have to be alone through it. We have an amazing God and Savior – but more than that – we have brothers and sisters in Christ. Many of which have also gone through this battle. You don’t have to suffer in silence.
Maybe you have never suffered from depression, I’m so glad for you. And while you may not be able to relate to what your brother or sister in Christ is going through– just love them. That’s one of the main things Jesus has asked of us anyways, right?
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” John 13:34
Prayer: Father God, whenever I go through sadness, please help me learn to reach for You. Wrap your arms around me when I am feeling broken and please help me love on others who struggle as well. Thank you for your goodness and your love. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Memory Verse: “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18.
Discussion: What has helped you get through a time of sadness?
This post is part of my series for April called “Evolving Emotionally”. We will be spending the month of April taking an emotion and seeing what God has to say about it. Join us on Tuesdays and Fridays as we go on the journey of emotions together. To see previous posts in Evolving Emotionally click here. If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe via email!