“Who can separate us from the love of Christ?” Romans 8:35a
I have battled depression during my life-time, but more so the last seven years. It’s not something I normally speak about and not many people know what I deal with, but for those of us who do battle and experience depression, the causes of it can vary across the board. For some, depression hits during a time of grief or loss, for others it can be completely neurological. For me, depression grows out of isolation that occurs when I have bouts of unexplained medical issues. No matter the reason you are experiencing depression, one thing should be made perfectly clear; nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. I know how hard it is; I know the difficulty in facing another monotonous day. I know how it feels to be fine one moment and the next crying uncontrollably. I know the heaviness on the chest, the aches in the body, the complete feeling of despair. I am thankful it’s not something I deal with consistently, but I do know that when I do, the Lord is with me every step of the way.
Knowing that nothing can separate me from the love of Christ gives me hope. We are not promised a perfect life on this earth. What we are promised is that we will suffer, we will face loss and grief, and we will feel despair. But along with everything else, depression was nailed to the Cross and we will be free from it one day. The Lord may choose to heal us of it while we are on this earth, or He may choose to withhold that healing until we are with Him. During times of depression I try to focus on the joy of Christ, and I tend to read more of the Psalms. We must focus on the truth of the Word, sisters, despite our emotions spinning out of control. Truth will ground us, sustain us, and move us toward the One that can handle what we are going through. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation. Psalm 42:5. Father, thank you that my soul can rest in You, and that not even depression can separate me from Your
Depression is real, sisters. If need be, please seek professional help. Reach out to family and friends as you battle this. We do not have to go through these times alone.