Christians don’t get depressed.
I’m sorry, what?
When did Jesus ever say, “You can’t be a Christian if…?”
He didn’t, the world did.
Hearing false interpretations of what Christians should be, makes me want to pull my hair out. Nothing bothers me more than when the expectations of this world are mistaken for what God says about you and I. Lies about my God, my King and my savior have led so many people to lose sight of His truths, and desires.
Our world is broken, but God is not the culprit.
Having depression and being a Christian clashes with the societal standards that are painted by Satan himself. It places you on a platform to be scrutinized for your ability to love God, and to be loved by Him.
It hurts, it’s exhausting, it’s obsessive and it’s unpredictable. It is not circumstantial, but persistent, and it knows no boundaries.
When sin entered the world, so did depression. Society may tell you how to act, but depression is the dictator of how you feel. It’s not just having a bad day, it’s losing yourself. It’s not just losing your friends, it’s being unable to connect with them like you once could. Depression is lonely. It roots itself in your brain and makes itself comfy in your bed. Sometimes it seems like the more you fight it, the more it swallows you up.
For most of us, depression is a place of darkness. It’s not an image of some beautiful girl with smeared mascara, and tears running down her face (although sometimes we wish it were). Depression is the darkest depths of our being, where we find ourselves dwelling when all things are hopeless and lost. In darkness there is no light at the end of the tunnel, it’s just dark.
Depression is an orchestra of the enemy.
God did not create depression, but He will walk with you through it.
Everyone wants to ‘fix’ depression and make it go away. Depression does not define you, but it is a part of your journey.
Have you ever wondered where the stars go when the night ends? The truth is that the stars don’t ever go away. They’re always there, high in the sky, it’s just our perspective that changes the way we see them. The same is true for depression. Sometimes you see it and sometimes you don’t, but it’s always there.
Think about the beauty that darkness brings to the stars. During the day, we can’t see the stars, even though they are there. But in darkness, their beauty is made known, and they shine bright for all to see. Maybe that’s God. Maybe God appears in darkness to bring beauty to the stars’ circumstance.
What if the same were true for you and I? Imagine if darkness wasn’t something to fear, but rather, the perspective that we need in order to keep going? Maybe we’re like the stars, and we need to experience the darkness of our struggles in order to see the beauty of our circumstance, and the hope for our future.
God doesn’t fix depression, He changes you.
It’s silly to think that we can just make depression go away. It’s not a pimple on your forehead that will disappear with a poke of the fingers. It’s rooted deep in our bones and it causes more damage than a measly pimple.
The Bible says God knows every single star by name and they shine bright for His glory. The same is true for you and I. Even in the darkest places of depression, He knows your name, and you have the opportunity to shine bright for His glory.
Depression is not beautiful. In fact it’s just the opposite, and I don’t believe that you can ever fully overcome your battle with depression once it’s begun. But it’s in darkness that God appears to show us a new perspective that brings beauty to our circumstance. In a world that is plagued by lies, God is using you to be the face of truth.
Christians DO get depressed.
But depression does not define your relationship with Christ.
Nothing can keep you from the love of Jesus. He created you, He will sustain you, He loves you, He will lead you, He will not forsake you, and He is with you. God made you perfect in His image, and desirable in all that you are.
It is okay to have depression and have Jesus. You are not a pimple that needs popping, or a bike tire that is gasping for air. You are a child of God.
Even when the world is quick to criticize your faith journey, we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him. You’re not a pimple, you’re a star.
So stop trying to fix yourself, you don’t need to be fixed. No matter what time of the day it is, keep looking up. The stars are always there as a reminder to us; patiently waiting to be made beautiful in their circumstance.