Who is there to lift you up when things are tough? Who are the people that are there for you when life gets hard? Who do you talk to when God seems too distant to hear your cries?
I truly believe that there is nothing the love of God cannot overcome. But I also know that God has also given us each other. The two greatest commandments Jesus gave to us, are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our mind, and all our soul, and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. It means that this life isn’t supposed to be just me and God and I’m good. It’s important that we are plugged into a community where we can support and lift each other up. But what do you do when you have that community and no one seems capable of understanding your problems? What do you do with the overwhelming and overbearing baggage? What do you do when you want to, when you NEED to seek professional help?
When we’re physically ill, we go and see a doctor. If a friend of ours has cancer, we wouldn’t let them sit on the couch and pray until they’re healed. We’d tell them to go get treated and pray all through the treatment process. Likewise, we need to do the same with our mental health. Depression and anxiety can no longer just be attacks of the enemy that need to be prayed away. It’s time we start taking our mental health more seriously and also encourage those around us to do so as well. God has given us each other to lean on as a community. We’re an interdependent specie and it can’t just be about me and God. There’s a community aspect to it as well.
This is why I love the psyndup platform. It’s a platform to discuss mental health issues and to find help for those issues, in a place where mental health isn’t taken too seriously. It’s not only in Christian circles but also in some cultural circles where the lack of seriousness surrounding mental health is a problem. But no matter what religion or culture is in place, we need to make sure that our mental health is taken as seriously as our physical health.
We also have to remember that there is another side. There’s the side when we come out of the struggle victorious. There’s the side when we’ve dealt with the issue, and are put in a better position to help others because of our experiences. Things may be tough now, and it may seem like there is no way out, but it can, and it does get better.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
Let’s say you walk into a maze. As you progress, you make a right turn and think this must be the way forward. Then you make the turn and end up at a dead end, feeling disappointed and lost. But you pick yourself back up and try again. You make some progress as you go through the maze but you’re always running into dead ends. What if you had some help? What if you had someone overseeing your maze and could tell you where to go?
Well in real life we do. Life can be very much like a maze. We sometimes struggle with decisions because we don’t know where those decisions will lead us. Will it further us in the maze or lead to a dead end? Sometimes we go through turns in our maze that lead us to dead ends and leave us feeling lost and hopeless. But if we stopped trying so hard to figure out which turns we need to make in the maze, and let God guide us, navigating the maze would be a lot easier. Now that’s not to say God won’t lead us to some dead ends, or what might feel like one.
We should let God guide us even when it might seem like we’re walking towards a dead end. God has given us the power to breakthrough! To many other people you might seem crazy, but it might end up being a shortcut! Having to go through the process of dealing with the dead end, rebuilding yourself and speaking LIFE to the DEADend so it can breakthrough for you, can accelerate your growth. You’ll be more ahead in your maze than you ever thought you could be!
It’s not always easy to let go and let God. It seems intuitive that you’re the one living your life, so you should make the decisions. You might be at a crossroad where you have to make a decision and you want an answer fast. Go left or go right? You think you should go right and God is taking a while to get back to you, so as the decision maker in the maze, you go right. It can be especially hard sometimes to let go and trust God, because letting go and letting God means waiting on him. It can mean taking a step back and spending time praying and fasting instead of making the quick decision for yourself.
But let me tell you, letting go and letting God be the director of your maze is truly amazing. There’s a peace that comes along with trusting God. When you spend more time in prayer, there’s an empowerment that comes when you realize that prayer really does work. There’s a joy that follows you around when God is the source of everything for you. There’s an overwhelming sense of gratitude knowing how much God loves you. There’s an overwhelming sense of gratitude knowing he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to die for you. There’s a joy in knowing that when you exit the maze, eternal life in heaven is what awaits you.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6