Chasing The Wind

For the next few days at least, I’ll be following up on Friday’s post about depression. Thank you for the heartfelt discussion that has ensued since then and I look forward to more!

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Growing up, we frequently listened to the music of Judy Rogers, a woman who wrote excellent, tasteful Christian music for children and teenagers. One song in particular, “The Sun Rises,” inspired by the book of Ecclesiastes, always seemed poignant to me even as a child:

“But I was looking for change in my life
Some new color for the shades of gray
I wanted pleasure for my body and mind
Anything to gratify, satisfy, satisfy

So I tried silver, I tried gold
I tried wine, women and song
Anything my eyes desired
But it didn’t take me long to see that everything was meaningless
Chasing after wind
For Jesus is all in all
Life is empty without Him!”

In my journey with depression, I have found that even in the darkest seasons, I have consistently missed the vital step in true healing…I have looked more to me or others instead of to Jesus. I have wanted to emulate those glass half full people all the while becoming frustrated because no psychological “tricks of the mind” are going to work with me.

For example, if you tell someone who struggles regularly with depression to just “snap out of it,” “look on the bright side,” “try to turn situations around,” or “realize things could be worse,” it is like flogging a dead horse. In my experience, it just ain’t going to solve anything.

And you know, all these solutions sound good to our human ears but in the end, they are, quite honestly, empty and futile. As Christians, we absolutely must believe there is something much better and deeper to offer anyone, including a depressed person. And that is Jesus. His word, His promises, His life, and what He offers to His children struggling with depression. Mainly, wisdom, grace, love and healing.

Chasing any other solution is chasing the wind. It may help for a day or moment but that is all. I know because I have tried these little psychological “tricks of the mind” far to often but not anymore. I loath the sound of them because I know there is nothing in them.

As our pastor preached yesterday, Christ has immeasurable grace for the sick. Whatever our illness may be, whether leprosy, demon possession, cancer, cerebral palsy, depression…He has understanding and healing even for those who would be virtual outcasts in society because of their state though never outcasts to Him. He loved and cared for the leper when no one else would. For His children, there is no condemnation…depression does not take Him by surprise and He understands our weak, human condition that is so prone to forgetting Him and thus, forgetting hope. “For Jesus is all in all, life is empty with out Him!”

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness!”
~Lamentations 3:22-23

I will share different resources with you this week that people have been pointing me to. I have been so thankful so many have cared enough to let me know of bible verses, books and other resources that have helped them with depression. I already know I am going to order Martyn Lloyd Jones book, “Spiritual Depression” as well as begin reading “The Gospel Primer.”

Please keep the recommendations coming, especially any bible verses you find helpful! I will post a list of everything that has been recommended at some point this week!

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7 Responses to Chasing The Wind

  1. Jody says:

    I left a comment on your post "mommy are you sad? Will be checking in as you seek to glorify God in all that you do and are.

  2. Jody says:

    Whoops, meant to say, 'mommy are you happy'. :) I have four children, 10, 18, 21, 23 and there has been plenty of love for all of them. It isn't something we work up, it is God given.

  3. Grace says:

    Love you, love you, love you. Proud of you and praying for you:)After Cora was born and I started seriously struggling with some depression I kept singing that hymn "I need Thee Every Hour" over and over again…it really did help:)I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord; no tender voice like thine can peace afford. Refrain: I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.2. I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby; temptations lose their power when thou art nigh. (Refrain) 3. I need thee every hour, in joy or pain; come quickly and abide, or life is vain. (Refrain) 4. I need thee every hour; teach me thy will; and thy rich promises in me fulfill. (Refrain) 5. I need thee every hour, most Holy One; O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son. (Refrain)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Looking forward to your series, Hon….Mom

  5. Corrin says:

    Sus – You are a terrific writer. Keep it up. I love reading what you have to say and knowing that you have your own little ministry right here on your blog. I read everything you write, even though I don't always comment. It has been so long since I have seen you or your kiddos. I hope to change that sometime in the near future.Love you,Corrin

  6. Susanna Rose says:

    Grace, thank you for including such a great hymn! You know how I love to sing…great hymns are definitely a way my heart can be comforted!

  7. Susanna Rose says:

    Corrin, As I was thinking the other day of people in my life (outside of family) who have shown themselves to be there for me in my times of depression, you were one of the first people who came to mind! The care you showed me when I was struggling in my late teens touched me more than you will ever know! Please visit soon, okay?

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