This morning when you woke up, did you greet the day or did you curse it? Did you look at yourself in the mirror and say, “You look good!” Or did you not even bother to look because you just don’t care? Feelings get all up in your way.
There’s that commercial that says:
“Where does depression hurt.....everywhere.
Who does depression hurt....everyone.”
This D word I am very familiar with. Having dealt with a very close family member who has these chemical imbalances that completely debilitate them like a flip of a switch. One moment perfectly happy and content, the next moment unable to leave the house out of fear that the world is watching and judging. It’s an uphill battle! Having seen it for so long I’ve become accustomed to its ways. I find it most prevalent at times of great happiness. Almost like a drug, happiness lifts them up above the clouds only to leave them crashing down into a pit of despair.
I’ve many times said, “You have NO reason to be sad and yet here we are.” I scratched my head for years until I finally had my ah-ha moment!
So easy. A four-letter word that’s opposite is greater than it could ever be.
When I was days away from my baptism I was dealt whirlwinds of despair. I can recall feeling like it was a fight every day to inch closer to the Lord. Clawing almost. And after I was washed clean I found the answer. Love.
Or, as Olaf would put it to Elsa: “true love will thaw a frozen heart.”
That fear, that paranoia, that sadness is not God. It’s the enemy and he’s super good at finding that little crack you’ve left open in your life and invades it like a cancer taking over healthy cells.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I've been through many tragedies and I’ve counseled many people through their despairs. Each person coming to me for some comfort. To this most times I reply very simply after they pause for my interjection I say: “Okay so I begin all my prayers in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” And after every single Amen, I’ve washed away their desperation. If only for that moment, I am their own personal Xanax. And usually the person follows the amen with a thank you. And again I always reply “Thank Him.”
If you feel low, deeply despaired by your life or love or job or marriage or children.....take it ALL to God in prayer. He wants it all. And if you (think you) can’t pray, send me a private message. I may not know you but we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and I will gladly kneel for you to Him. Because as my father in law once told me, “When life gives you more than you can stand...Kneel.“
Be safe, Be great, Be you!
Reality Changing Observations:
Q1. What things might you say to God if he called you today?
Q2. Even if you don't have fears to bring to God today, what things could you thank God for in your life?
Q3. How has prayer helped you in a time of great struggle?