Christian people don’t get depressed right? That is what I thought. So I stuffed my depression down, hoping no one would notice.It actually worked. People didn’t notice. But I did. I knew what I felt inside, and it wasn’t pleasant. I was a princess in the dark.
I have a feeling there are many princesses in the dark, afraid to let anyone know. Depression by it’s very nature can paralyze us. We think things will never get better, so why even try? If you are depressed, please seek help. Counseling (particularly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) combined with an anti-depressant medication is the most effective treatment. But what about the spiritual aspects of depression? We may never feel more separated from our Creator than when we are in the grips of depression.
1 Peter 2:9 tells us, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Depression tells you that you are alone – unwanted – an outcast. It is a disease that lies…
But dear sister, God’s word speaks truth. You are wanted. You are His. You BELOLNG to Him. Feelings of loneliness are just that – feelings. Feelings that hurt for sure – but they are not truth. You are part of a holy nation. You are one of many children. God chose to save you. The moment you enter into a relationship with Him, you are never alone again.
Depression wants to steal your joy – to leave you feeling isolated. You do not live in solitary confinement. Chains can and will be broken. Please choose to reach up and reach out.
His light is the only light that can shatter the dark. In fact, He CALLS you out of darkness into the light. It is your CALLING to move towards the light. A princess is not meant to sit in the dark.
Do you hear Him? Even if the negative thoughts are shrieking – His Word can speak louder. We must choose to place our focus on His truth. He calls us towards His light. Nothing is greater than Him – not even depression.
His purpose for you is to declare His praises, His excelencies. It doesn’t matter what you do, or what you have done. Life is about who you are. You are His – a chosen princess. Choose to be a princess stepping towards the light.