Sometimes I wonder why God has allowed me to remain on this planet while so many of my friends go to heaven. I find it hard to know what His purpose is for my life. Especially as my energy fails, my patience runs on empty, or my body can’t keep up with what my mind thinks it can do.
I always used to envy the elderly because of their serenity and peace. Now that I’m one of them, I’m wondering if they were at peace or simply deeply depressed. Depression has a way of eating away at us. It can turn us into bitter, angry, frustrated, crabby and lonely people.
When we feel this way, the best place to turn is to the Word of God. The Bible is filled with stories of men and women who suffered with depression. Even King David had his moments of hopelessness. His son, Solomon, had everything he could hope for, but soon discovered that it was all meaningless.
Melancholy won’t just magically disappear, but these words can give us comfort and prove to us that God is with us even during times of despair.
Phillipians 4:6 & 7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
When we get to a point in life where it seems nothing can get better, we have the God of the universe as our great protector. Depression can lead us over the edge or it can be a breaking point for many, but God is in control even in our darkest hours. We are never alone.