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Does anybody care?!

imageFor people like me who wage a daily war with depression, there is a phrase that pops up every so often, and we grow weary of saying it: “I’m depressed… Again.” It’s frustrating, upsetting, and draining. “Will this ever completely disappear? Surely people are sick of my black cloud… I know I am.”

You know you have to face the day again tomorrow. You know you’ll likely wonder why you bothered to get out of bed. You feel like nobody cares.

There is One who always cares. He already knows you’re hurting. He holds all your tears in a bottle. He watches the ongoing fight.

God cares. Jesus understands. The Holy Spirit strengthens.

You are not alone.

People will grow weary of your ups and downs, but God never will.

There is an old hymn we sometimes sing entitled “What a friend we have in Jesus.” Most people focus on the friendship bit, but I want to focus on an often overlooked part:

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

Are you really carrying everything to God in prayer or do you come with a few requests and then carry the rest to your best friend from school? Don’t bring some of your requests to God, bring them ALL. Pour out the anguish of your soul. Confide your worries, fears, doubts and weaknesses. Carry everything to Him.

Every person that I have ever loved in my life has let me down. That is not a reflection on their quality as a friend, but rather a reflection on our mutual humanity. I am quite confident that I also have disappointed each and every one of them at some point or another. We are not God, we cannot be omni-present, and we are prone to weakness. I have begun to realize in the last year an important truth: Rejection, disappointment, and failure are the gateway to true dependence on the Lord. We aren’t going to lean heavily on a God we cannot see when we have friends and loved ones we can see. We go to them when we hurt (and that is only natural), but at some point they won’t be there because they can’t be everywhere at once. When all obvious supports fail, we clearly see the One Solid Rock that has supported us all along.

God never lets us down. Jesus understands what it’s like to be abandoned by friends. The Holy Spirit is ever near to comfort you.

You are not alone.

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

~ ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭55:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Memorize this verse and repeat it beneath those dark clouds of sadness. Then do it. Pray. Cast that burden on the Lord. Do it again until you feel unburdened. If the weight comes back, cast it off again in prayer. Do it for the rest of your life. Pray ceaselessly. Pray for others carrying that weight. Give thanks to God when you find relief.

Are you walking through that lonely, cloud-covered valley today? Is the weight of life too heavy? Take it to the Lord in prayer. Every. Single. Day.

If you are suffering from depression, I recommend you read these posts:

The Overlooked Truth About Depression and Faith.

The Cure is Worse than the Disease! What do I do now?!

Feeling Overwhelmed?

May you find peace in the Lord today so you can press on to the goal!

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16 thoughts on “Does anybody care?!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you found it edifying. I too find peace when I confide in God. It’s one of the things that bring great joy. Thank you fir reading and commenting, may the Lord be with you!

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      1. It’s about a man (Merlin) who was just about to be sentenced to prison. He was desperate and called out to God, who (of course) changed his life around. This man became a Sergeant Chaplain in the US Army and discovered the profound spiritual principle of praising God in the midst of and even for his difficult circumstances. Without exception, he and the people he ministered to found joy and remarkable results out of their praises. I have had some really hard things happen to me to in my life, and I was struggling with depression for years. I read that book and within 3 days of doing as he says, I was out of my own depression and full of joy. I have never taken any anti-depressants or medication to alter my moods. It was totally God. It hasn’t come back since. I won’t let it. I just kept on praising God whenever it “tried” to come again. It’s an older short book, but a powerful one. It’s his life story, pretty much. I strongly recommend it. God bless you. Debbie 🙂

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