I was browsing Twitter a few days ago, and I saw a post from a beautiful young lady. I will paraphrase the tweet because I couldn’t remember exactly what it said. The girl tweeted that If she could get a “good job” comment from her parents, she would be content.
That was one of the most depressing things I read that day. Imagine growing up and not hear any compliment from your parents? Where will you get the encouragement if not from them?
I saw a post on Facebook from one of my students in high school. She looked so beautiful, and she is now a doctor. I couldn’t be more proud of her. She is indeed one of the most talented people I’ve ever met in my life.
I was very excited to hear from her, so I sent her a message. I wrote “Hello Doctor! How are you?”
She replied to my message, but instead of good news, I got an “I’m not doing well. I don’t know myself anymore.” If I got this news about her a few months ago, It would have blown my mind to learn that a beautiful young doctor could feel depressed.
Man, life can be so challenging. Aside from the physical struggles we should also be wary about emotional and psychological issues. Let us place high importance about these things. After experiencing anxiety problems and dealing with them for weeks, I now realised that it is more strenuous.
The Bible says,
New International Version (NIV)
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Our most difficult battles are not the ones we perceive with our senses. It’s the struggle in the spiritual realm. It will require our strength, courage, hope, faith and love.
When I think about my battle with depression and how I won, the only explanation is Jesus. That’s the only way I got out of the psychological pit.
I read all about Him in the Bible. I prayed, and I talked to Him like He was my best friend. I read and meditated on His perfect promises to those who will endure and keep the faith. I listened to beautiful worship music about how Jesus can provide peace in my head and steady my heart. I listened to preachers who encountered worst and by faith in Jesus went through the fire and came out even stronger. I forced myself to do activities that will keep my mind off the negative aspects of life that my brain constantly dwelled in. Most importantly, I asked my family and friends to pray for me in those terrible times.
I can’t say I completely understand what they’re going through because we have different demons. I’m afraid to go through psychological and emotional turmoil again that’s why I try to be aware of the thoughts that come into my head. All I can do for the pretty Twitter girl and the beautiful young doctor is to pray. Let’s pray for everyone suffering from depression and anxiety today.