Our Western culture “celebrates” BIG attention-seeking drama. The media has it down, right?
Blasting widows fresh in their mourning. As a police wife, I see this image all too often. Each time I pray; each time my heart longs for the woman to experience the sacred in her husband’s passing.
And social media? The more outrageous the language, the photo, the message, the more views.
I wonder how often this drama sweeps away those who suffer with loneliness, anxious fear, and a dampening of joy.
This dip I am experiencing with depression is a dimness, a heaviness, a challenge. I call it a dip because my whole self feels a step lower than I was a short month ago.
Just this morning in my devotional, I read about overcoming.
Last summer, before I began taking antidepressants, I met with a kind-hearted, knowledgeable counselor who honored my love for Jesus though she didn’t share it.
Her advice to avoid the overcomer label fit well at the time. Still untangling myself from years of perfectionist thinking and self-judging, the counselor did not want me to fall prey to the idea that I would overcome depression once and for all.
At the time, my Spirit resisted. I believed God could heal depression completely, deliver me from the depths of darkness that had followed me most of my life.
I still believe that. God can heal anything in His power. We don’t have to look too far in the New Testament to find Jesus delivering people from lifelong evil.
The afflicted man who wandered among tombstones, self-harming, was flooded with a variety of spirits (Mark 5:3-9). Jesus sent every evil spirit into the nearby herd of pigs, freeing the man of the entrenched internal battle (Mark 5:12-13).
Did Jesus heal everyone in need while He walked the earth?
Jesus acted in His Father’s will not His own (John 6:38).
Clearly, as we see in the world today, not everyone is free from illness, disease or evil.
The old me would have wondered why not me, Lord? Why must I still struggle with depression?
His wisdom tells me in this world we will have trouble of all forms, both inside our souls as well as with external opposition.
I like how Paul embraces all such challenges:
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).
When we avoid or flat out flee from the thorns in our flesh, we miss the teaching, the growing.
As children of God, we shall not follow the cultural norm demanding strength and power on our own. We shall open our eyes to suffering in and out of the family of God.
Jesus impressed this word upon me the past couple weeks:
(especially) those in ministry shall bring their thorns to His light to face reality with Him. We shall as brothers and sisters in Christ have a safe place always at His throne to discuss mental health “dips” and “dredges”. Then with each other … let us share and seek Him in each other. Let us offer ourselves to each other. Let us not sit in solitude and allow ourselves to be devoured by the enemy who wants to arrest our Kingdom work.
One year later, I have a new view on overcoming.
Thank you, Oswald Chambers from My Utmost for His Highest:
God does not give us overcoming life-He gives us life as we overcome. The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength. Are you asking God to give you life, liberty and joy? He cannot, unless you are willing to accept the strain. And once you face the strain, you will immediately get strength. Overcome your own timidity and take the first step. Then God will give you nourishment (Revelation 2:7).
Will you join me in this Servant Warrior Manifesto?
To walk by faith is to be an overcomer.
A warrior faces his/her own stress and seeks the strength of His ever-present resurrecting power.
We remain close to Jesus in prayer and in the Word.
All warriors listen to know His will, surrendering any control over ultimate deliverance.
We accept the job to meet whatever opposes us, overcome in Him, and repeat.
We remain alert and of sober mind to clear our own hearts of debris and come alongside those who are hurting, marginalized, and lost … those who belong in the family of God and those who have not yet accepted Christ.
Together we maintain hope in Our Living God who is able to do immeasurably more than what our feeble minds imagine.
We acknowledge this hope is for all, no matter how broken.
We link arms with each other in Christ because we trust #togetherwearebrighter
Now in the name of Jesus, go for His glory~~~
I welcome your thoughts and questions. I believe with all my heart God wants the many of us who struggle with depression, anxiety, fear, PTSD to overcome and share. For He came to give us life in full (John 10:10).
A new poem, The Anxiety Creep, is up at https://faithhopeandpoetry.blog
Yesterday’s Wednesday Warrior Post, Let’s Get Honest about Waiting is up at https://Facebook.com/jdibble4Him
Books I am reading:
Ageless Soul by Thomas Moore, a good read though some of the info needs to be checked against the Bible
Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott
up next, And the Angels were Silent: The Final Week of Jesus by Max Lucado
What book is on your lap?
Have a beauty-full day, my fellow warriors.