Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Gotcha's Distractions: Depression
I am feeble and utterly crushed;
I groan in anguish of heart.
All my longings lie open before You, Lord;
My sighing is not hidden from You.
My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
Even the light has gone from my eyes.
Psalm 38:8-10 (NIV)
I have a family history of mental illness, with depression being the common denominator. I've felt depression's weight, too, and still fight its rotten lies.
As best, it's a small distraction. At worst? I won't go there.
Calling it more than a distraction gives it too much room, because depression is not allowed to stand in my way.
Consider one Bible hero and one Catholic saint:
1) King David's Psalms clearly reveal the anguish of his soul. His successes and failures are laid bare for us to see.
2) Mother Teresa's letters to her godly confidante reveal her despair in feeling disconnected from God.*
Nevertheless, these spectacular action-powered stars spent their lives honoring God and helping other people. They kicked depression in its backside and finished their work.
If you're fighting depression, you're in the best company. Even Jesus had a temporary battle with it.** Of course, He won. So did David and Mother Teresa. So will we, if we persevere until the very end.
## Gotcha's Distractions: Depression (Part 56)
* Short article: Mother Teresa: My Saint of Darkness and Hope:
* Longer article by Time Magazine, Mother Teresa's Crisis of Faith:
** 'About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?' (which means 'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?') (Matthew 27:46, NIV).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.