Overcoming Difficult Trials



“God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.”

Catherine Marshall

Dear Reader,                                                                                                                 Where is your DOOR OF HOPE these days?  Has trouble and suffering knocked you off your feet and left you in the dark?  No need for you to worry Dear Reader.  Hope begins in the dark.

Hardships can blind even the strongest of Christians, leaving them hopeless and in the dark.  Maturity in Christ comes through trials.  James 1:1-4 tells us to “Count it pure joy when we encounter trials of many kids, for the testing of our faith develops perseverance.”  Hope and perseverance go hand in hand.  We need hope in order to persevere through a trial.

Satan loves to rob a Christian of his hope.  The devil has many means to do this, but depression is a tool he often likes to utilize.    I have known the black pit of depression.  It is a painful and dark place where hope has trouble communicating with us.  If we struggle with a chemical or genetic imbalance, or in my case the position of a brain tumor, the recovery is all the more difficult.  Yes, difficult but not impossible!!   God is the GREAT PHYSIAN and our HEALER.

 I wish there was a surgery that could remove depression like they removed my brain tumor.  Once the tumor was cut out of my brain, my clinical depression disappeared.   I was fortunate.

 However, I still think of depression as a painful tumor.  Even the most devout Christians fall prey to this painful ailment and often suffer from personal guilt and from the condemnation of fellow believers.

To say that one does not have enough faith to get out of the pit of depression is simply ignorant.  If you believe that the reason a person with depression is unable to overcome it with a simple prayer, then you have never experienced it yourself nor do you understand it.  Yes, God is able to heal depressed individuals but it may take time. 

God understands the grief that comes from loss.  He was called “A Man of Sorrows” and He was acquainted with grief.  We need to gird ourselves up with the full protection of the Armor of Christ when we are in the Valley of the Shadow of Death.  This task may be exhausting for the depressed individual but will really pay off.  Fiery darts flung by the enemy will bounce off the spiritual armor and keep you from falling even deeper into his pit of hopelessness. 

This post is meant to encourage those suffering from depression.  I want to assure you that God understands your sorrow and grief and does not condemn you for your emotions.  He loves you and wants to help pull you out of your dark pit. 

Let this post also be a warning to all believers.  Judge not lest you yourself be judged and remember, when you point a finger of judgment at someone, there are three fingers pointing right back at you.  Be sure to take the plank out of your own eye before mentioning the splinter in another’s eye.  Compassion will carry us all farther into healing than a judgmental spirit.

There is a responsibility the depressed individual must take hold of and work on.  Though depression robs you of energy, you have effective tools to battle it.  Pray for help.  Sing worship songs or play them on your radio.  Read your Bible; listen to a Podcast, or a radio sermon for God will speak to you even when you can’t read the Word yourself.   Trust in God’s ability to touch you with His healing hands.  Rejoice in knowing there is always hope when you are a child of the living God.

Romans 12:12       Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.”

Anne Lamott

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4 thoughts on “HOPE IS OUT THERE

  1. Well said, well written. This blessed me today. Thank you!

  2. Hello Ms Shilarae! I am so please the Lord was able to speak to you through this post. Blessings!


  4. I love it too Ms Sands. I pray we have many open doors of hope in our future.

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