The last few months have been challenging, to say the least. The days go by, and we are all facing the question, “when will this end”? The unknown is heavy. These are what I call “the days of weird”. It is easy to wake up each morning and dread the day. As a nation, we are all struggling. I don’t think there is a single human being that hasn’t felt the sense of oppression at some point in the last few months. This causes us to face a reality. Some days it is hard to be positive, and an overwhelming sense of sadness can take over. The truth is, our nation is facing a serious depression issue. Sadness is being prolonged, leading into longer term depression, and we need to be addressing it and talking about it.
What does it mean to be sad? Does it mean we are weak? No. Does it mean our faith is not where it should be? No. Sadness is a human emotion that we all face at some point in our life. Sadness is an emptiness that needs to be filled. Often times when we face times of sadness, we tend to withdraw. We isolate, seclude ourselves, and reject others. This is the time when we need to pray. This is the time when we need others. But as flesh, we are weak. We fall into the trap of thinking that sadness and depression are “shameful”. There is no shame in our normal human emotions; especially during these unprecedented times. A spiritual war is going on around us. The enemy uses this time to manipulate our thoughts. The enemy wants you to believe that feeling sad or depressed is wrong. The enemy is a liar.
We have HOPE. We are not alone. We have a God who is greater than any obstacle this world throws in our path. We have each other, and Jesus walks alongside us every second of every day. The enemy wants you to forget that. Our greatest weapon against the enemy is prayer and the Scripture. This is the time when we need to pick up our Bible more than ever. But why is it so hard to pray or seek The Word when we are sad? Once again, the enemy tries to hold you down, push you away from Jesus, and block the very power that God has given us.
Even if we don’t feel like praying or reading God’s Word during our sadness, it’s the most powerful thing we can do. Whispering prayer to God gives Him the opportunity to enter into your heart. Dropping to your knees is surrender, even if you don’t have words to speak. We must invite God in. We have been given free will to live our lives as we choose. God will not invade that free will, therefore, we must ask God to come to us. We must pray. Even if it’s three words muttered under your breath. “God, help me,” or “guide me through”, it is a prayer that God will hear. Reading God’s Word points us back to the Cross. It brings our spirit to the surface. It opens our hearts to allow God to nourish our soul.
Sadness is ok. Maintaining the sadness is not ok. Allow people that God places in your life to help you. Answer the text, open the door, and let people love on you. You have permission to recieve help. There is no shame in depression and sadness. Give yourself the gift of love, through God’s people, prayer, and the words in scripture that are written in love. Remind yourself that you are loved more than anything on this earth. You have the control and power given to you through Jesus, to overcome. Your Heavenly Father created you in His image. Seek Him in prayer and through His Word and He will lift you up in due time. I assure you, God is with you, always.
**If you are feeling hopeless, please reach out for help. I have a non-profit ministry that can help guide you or your family. www.lightofhopeinc.org If you need immediate help and are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please don’t let shame hold you back from calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline emergency crisis lines. 1-800-273-8255. You are worth it, you are valuable, and you are loved.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. PROVERBS 3:5-6
The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. ISAIAH 58:11
God is with us.
© Layla Freeman 2020
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