Looking Up To God Helps With Our Metamorphosis
“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)
“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31 (NKJV)
Because of an undiagnosed and slow growing brain tumor, I suffered from clinical depression for over ten years. If you have endured the pit of depression; you know how very painful it can be. The hopelessness, lethargy, and feelings of helplessness are overwhelming. Depression, like cancer, kills many.
I would often say my depression was cut out of my soul when they cut the tumor out of my brain. Actually, this is a true fact as the growth was on my frontal lobe, an area that affects emotions and behaviors. Oh, if only every depressed person could undergo surgery and have their depression extricated. Better yet, why not a simple vaccination that would dissolve the menace of peace and tranquility? That would truly be wondrous!
Everyone experiences some measure of sadness, even our Lord! He wept when He discovered that Lazarus, his friend had died. He was also so filled with anxiety in the Garden of Gethsemane, that blood became His sweat. Extreme anxiety and stress causes depression…. Even for mature and faithful Christians.
Think about the twelve apostles, the Virgin Mary, Martin Luther, and even Mother Teresa. Surely they all experienced periods of depression and anxiety. Having family and friends nearby, and the entire Body of Christ, to lift you up at such times is so important. We are to called to carry each other’s burdens. It is a privilege.
If your sorrow is over the death of a loved one, time will ease the suffering. However, the hole in your heart will remain until you are reunited with your beloved now in the heavens. Learning to carry on without this special person by your side takes courage. Be assured that the Lord and your love are cheering you on with the rest of the heavenly hosts. You have more things to accomplish for God. You must carry on and finish all of the good works He has prepared for you to accomplish.
When it is a dilemma that causes our overwhelming anxiety, choosing to….
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