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Living with depression can be a dark, dark place. I have explained a little about my experiences with depression on this blog:
- Coming Clean about my struggle with depression
- Moments of Lucidity
- The truth about depression
- On depression and suicide
That is just a bit about my experience with depression. And I won’t belabor the point, but suffice it to say that it’s a dark place. It’s hard. It’s lonely. It’s full of pain, and self-loathing, and exhaustion. It’s tough.
So often, people think that depression is equitable to “having a bad attitude.” They think that Christians shouldn’t be depressed. But this attitude overlooks a very important truth–depression is an illness, not a choice.
Yes, depression includes a feeling of overwhelming sadness. But it’s not just about the attitude. It is an all-encompassing, often debilitating illness with real, physical symptoms.
It’s not a matter of looking on the bright side or having a better attitude. It is a real medical illness. Don’t get me wrong, God could absolutely deliver me, cure me, take it away in an instant. That could happen. I have absolute faith in that because I believe in miracles!
But, God does not always choose to instantly deliver or cure us from our illnesses or problems. And I don’t think that is ever promised to us in His word. He does promise that everything will work for our good (Romans 8:28), and that He will never leave us or forsake us. But sometimes, those tough things in our lives are growing us, and shaping us into being more like Him. More like what He created us to be.
My faith doesn’t cure me, but it sees me through.
Darkness is powerful. If you’ve ever been in the heart of a cave where no light can reach, you know how deep darkness can be. But the thing is, light is even more powerful. It just takes the tiniest speck of light to break through the darkness. Just one tiny match and it’s not completely dark anymore. There is light.
And there is hope.
The Lord hasn’t yet cured me. But He has certainly seen me through the darkness. In the midst of the darkest days that I have experienced, I always have hope through Him. It’s enough. It’s more than enough.
” The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:5
What a powerful verse. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
No matter how dark your life might look. The light is there. Hope is there. The darkness can never overcome the Light. Never. Just a tiny sliver of faith, hope–just a tiny sliver of light is all it takes to drive out the darkness.
Hold on tight, sweet friends. Don’t ever forget that the light is there. Hope is there. Always.
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