Endurance for the Journey, Featured, Hope
…darkness is my closest friend.
PSALM 88:18 (NIV) (Words of King David)
Shortly after I arrived home from a speaking engagement in West Palm Beach, I received a letter in the mail with an article on depression. I appreciated the letter. It was kind and gracious. But the article wasn’t any help. It claimed to be the Biblical answer to depression. It quoted a few verses and then gave this advice: “Force your mind into sunshine thoughts. Do this especially when your mind starts the ‘instant replays’ of old fears and depressive thoughts.”
I’m sorry, but to me, forcing your mind into “sunshine thoughts” when you’re going through a time of depression is like standing in the rain and denying there’s a storm. Faith is not denying the weather that sweeps over your life. It’s believing that behind the clouds and beyond the storms waits a faithful God.
“The thought of my suffering and homelessness
is bitter beyond words.
I will never forget this awful time,
as I grieve over my loss.
Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”
LAMENTATIONS 3:19:24 (NLT) (Words of the Prophet Jeremiah)
On the journey with you,