The Depressed Christian sounds like such an oxymoron to my ears. Scripture teaches us to be joyful in hope and rejoice in our suffering. For those struggling with depression both of these can seem amazingly difficult at times. However, it’s really liberating to share this thought.
Depression forces me to become someone I’m not and don’t want to be: grey, irritable, flat, weepy, unproductive.
It makes me feel things I don’t want to feel: apathy, dispassionate, unmotivated.
However, it’s also taught me some things too: compassion, sympathy, empathy and grace.
Sometimes when we’re lost in our fog, however, we can forget that the trials of life can work for us. When you’re not feeling like yourself, all you really want is to feel well. Patience is difficult and an ongoing low mood and poor sleep can be incredibly draining. However, God can work all things for good to those who love Him— according to His plans and purpose.
We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.Romans 8:28 The Voice
As someone who’s had a lot of experience with depression, and more recently the added bonus of anxiety, I feel that it’s so misunderstood. I’m still learning things about depression myself, such as how long it takes for antidepressants to aid healing. That alone is a very long process.
The video below is one of the best videos I’ve watched on depression. It made me teary as I could relate to so much of what was said. This Pastor described the struggle so well. In fact The day that I listened to it I was going through many of the things he described. I’m learning to show myself grace, but not everyone is there yet.
Whether you battle depression, or not, I would encourage you to watch the video below for a greater understanding of this illness and how the church should respond. Healing doesn’t always come miraculously. In fact God often takes us the long way for many seasons and many reasons. Learning to show one another grace through these long hard stretches goes a long way towards that healing journey.
Thanks for reading. God Bless.
“I live by faith and not by sight. Sometimes miracles take time.”Lincoln Brewster – While I Wait
(Photo credit goes to darksouls1.)