You know what it is.
Think about it for a minute.
If you are recovering from depression, your worst fear is that you will fail. If you have been depression-free for a while, your worst fear is that you will fall into that pit again.
Let’s be clear.
If you’ve never been seriously depressed, you have no idea of the overwhelming fear that can strike.
Death is easier to contemplate. If ever there were an illness that felt as near-death as depression, I don’t know what it is.
If you’ve never been there, I hope you never are.
I am s currently supporting a few people who are either in the recovery stage or the “I’m scared to death stage.” Both are wonderful people. Their ages are far apart. Their lives are totally different. Which, of course, proves that depression is no respecter of persons; it can and does strike anyone.
They are believers in Christ, all of them, although they are in different phases of their “growth in Christ”.
Then there’s me. I, too, have had some “rumblings” of depression. This would be quite natural as I’m also grieving the miss of my mother. My birthday is coming soon. This will be the first one absent my mom’s presence. Somehow, the first birthday without your mom seems one of the most painful experiences. I’ll be glad when it’s over.
I, too, have had some “rumblings” of depression. This would be quite natural as I’m also grieving the loss of my mother. My birthday is coming soon. This will be the first one absent my mom’s presence. Somehow, the first birthday without your mom seems one of the most painful experiences. I’ll be glad when it’s over.
The first birthday after her death was hard but I’m self-centered enough to think my first birthday without her will be worse. It’s always harder when you’re the one left behind.
- My mom’s death.
- Then there’s the horrible situation in Texas. I feel so helpless.
- The hours of sunlight are shrinking fast.
- Our present unrest in America.
- Possibility of a third world war.
No wonder I’m struggling.
Put all this together and sinking into depression is a real fear for me. But as I write, I reminded of something I heard the pastor of the little church we attend when we’re at the cabin. We were purposefully walking in late. (I’ll you about that tomorrow. You’ll laugh.) He was at the end of his prayer. I heard him say, “Thank you, Father, for equipping us for whatever comes our way.”
My ears perked up. That’s right. So often I forget that while God was present in my past, while He is “present for the present”, He is also the God of the future, “The Great Equipper” of whatever comes my way.
I live so much in the present that at times I forget my present was once my future that I worried about yesterday. And God has remained ever-present throughout it all.
Depression is terrible. It consumes every part of us. Parts we would never expect. Aches and pains. stomach and colon issues. Headaches. Insomnia. Hypersomnia. Nausea. Sounds like a commercial for the side effects of a prescription drug.
But for the Christian, God is ever-present. Not condemning us. Just holding on to us till our feet on a solid place again.
God bless and have a good day.