Hello all! I have something new for you today- I have a guest writer. Allow me to introduce you:
Michelin Mama is her bloggy code name, and well, she’s a glimpse of Jesus on earth. This is a woman who gave almost 32 years of service to her job, and now continues to give of herself in every possible sense. Need your flower bed thinned out? She’s there with a shovel, and when she’s done, she will haul the flowers and plants miles away to plant them at a Christian summer camp. Need food made for a sick friend, a new mom, or a grieving family? She’s on the doorstep with a full meal and a smile. Need a ride somewhere? She doesn’t just go across town, she’s been known to drive people on a 4-hour road trip to visit loved ones in prison. In short, she’s a practicing saint. She’s also my mom. (Bet you figured that out.) She’s a novice to blogging, but she comes complete with a lifetime of experience at seriously, contemplatively studying the Bible, loving the Lord, and showing her faith by her works. What follows is a devotion she wrote on the subjects of depression and Divine comfort.
Psalm 130: 1-8 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; 2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. 3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. 5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. 7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
Depression is often accompanied by an overwhelming sense of loneliness and self-loathing. As we descend into the darkness of our pain, fear, or loss, we sometimes assume that our depression separates us from God. We feel we have disappointed God and that He won’t have any more to do with us until we are “fixed.” No. According to this psalm, written by someone who had known the darkness of depression, God joins us in the darkness! When you face depression, repeat the psalmist’s assurance to yourself: God’s love is unfailing.
“More than sentries long for the dawn.”
Anyone who has ever worked a midnight shift can understand this feeling. Working at night in a factory, you are busy. There are lights on and you can’t wait for your shift to be over. But a sentry is alone on a quiet tower, peering into darkness. It strains the eyes, it’s quiet…your eyes want to close so badly, but everyone’s safety depends on you. Every snap or rustle startles you. Is something out there? Can’t you imagine how they long for the light: Hurry, dawn! We are tired of looking into darkness.
Verse 6: “I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn.” Have you looked into the darkness of what is going on in your life and desperately longed to see what God had in mind? To see His hand in all of it?
“Like a small child is quieted with its mother.”
Psalm 131:2 I have stilled and quieted myself, just as a small child is quieted with its mother. Yes, like a small child is my soul within me. Oh, Israel (author add: Oh, Christian) put your hope in the Lord now and always.
Don’t you love how the Bible paints word pictures to put a point across? Is this the acid test for truly following Christ? Trusting the Lord? Fighting depression? If we only will, we can calm ourselves and imagine climbing up in our Father God’s lap and just feeling so relaxed and safe.
Isn’t that the truth? No matter what age we attain, sometimes we just need the comfort of a loving embrace that speaks without words to our hearts and says, “You know what? It’s all going to be ok. You’re not alone.” Whether from God Himself or from a parent, a sibling, a friend, or even on occasion, a stranger, comfort comes from the strength of the arms around us. All we have to do is walk into them.
Until next time,
God’s Plan for Man
- Hear: Romans 10:17
- Believe: John 8:24
- Repent: Luke 13:3
- Confess: Romans 10:10
- Be Baptized: Mark 16:16
- Be Faithful: Revelation 2:10
(credit: http://mclishchurchofchrist.com/ )