By Jaci Pellham
Throughout Scripture, we do not see God promise, “Don’t worry, child, you’ll never feel depressed.” However, we do see several promises of God’s love and ability to strengthen us, rescue us, and give us rest.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
It is okay for Christians to suffer from anxiety and depression! You are not a lesser child of God for being affected by these things. Know that God’s heart for you is not to leave you in this place. He has good plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11), and He works all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
Sometimes we don’t know how God can move in the situation and make beauty from ashes, but we can trust that He is both capable and compassionate enough to do so.
I’ve struggled with depression for almost 10 years and with anxiety for 6 years. Just like any person would urge you to seek treatment and seek counseling, I want to urge you to seek God in the midst of your depression or anxiety. Hiding a gaping wound from God only makes you sicker. One tiny scrape that you don’t allow Him to bandage can fester into an infection that destroys the rest of your body. (Read more here.)
He has the perfect tools to comfort and heal you. Please don’t allow shame or pride to hinder your relationship with your Poppa. Let Him love you!
Share your struggles with community. No, you won’t be burdening them. Yes, it is scary as hell to get vulnerable. Yes, it will be worth it.
If you know anyone who struggles with depression or anxiety, sometimes the best thing you can do is be available, to sit with your brothers and sisters in the trenches, to speak truth over us, and to intercede on our behalf in your prayers. Let us know that we’re not alone. A fix-it mentality can be harmful, but loyalty, persistence, and patience can be some of the biggest blessings.
It’s okay to not be okay. It’s also okay to take the time you need.
“But Jaci, I help lead my college ministry, and I volunteer with my church, and I do outreaches every weekend… I can’t let God down and abandon my responsibilities!!!”
First of all, you aren’t letting God down. He cares way more about you than He does the things you do for Him. It matters to Him when you aren’t doing well. Don’t be afraid to talk to Him about this. He can help you discern which things you should take a step back from so you have the time and the energy to heal.
You may overcome this in six weeks or six years. Know that regardless of the length of this season, you are never alone. You are profoundly loved, my friend.
Legacy Ladies Note: If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, we would love to pray with you. Send us a prayer request here.