Yo-Yo: Roller Coaster (Bummed) - Friday
Depression isn’t entirely a disease of the brain, but also the soul. It affects every part of us, thus a complete cure (where possible), demands a holistic approach. A number of factors influence feelings of depression: health, beliefs, self-perception, our relationship with God and others, life’s circumstances, fatigue, abandonment, broken promises, loss, and many other things we can’t fix or change. And of course, Satan, our adversary, who is unsympathetic and ruthless, loves to piggyback on damaged emotions. (John 10:10)
I think of treatment for depression as a train on dual tracks. One track is organic - i.e. brain chemistry and physiology; the other track is spiritual and emotive - how we interpret what we feel and experience. If either track is ignored, the train isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Antidepressants are a gift from God, as is all medicine, but God didn’t create us to be strong without Him… so ride on both tracks. Medication can’t change circumstances or resolve personal or spiritual conflicts (such as unforgiveness). While it can help create a pathway to wholeness, medication alone is not a magic bullet. When hope has boarded the last train and optimism has taking the final flight, God plus medicine is a good combination.
Depression affects all of us, or someone we love, on some level, at one time or another, believers and unbelievers alike. Martin Luther, who struggled with depression throughout his life said that the only way he could survive it “is believing in God against all odds. I must trust my physician,” he said, “not my pain.”
If you're depressed today and you haven’t seen a doctor, by all means go! Get help. But also, take some time to stop and read through this verse: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified… for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
God is telling you something, right now. He’s telling you, “I care. We’ll get through this together.” Friend, you are not your diagnosis; you are a child of the Most High God. Hopelessness is a feeling, not a fact. Please, never give up.