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:
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!”
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!