Lisa Tuerkest, author and speaker, has written:
“We don’t have to know the plan to trust there is a plan. We don’t have to feel good to trust there is good coming. We don’t have to see evidence of changes to trust that it won’t always be this hard.”
I like this.
I know it’s true because I’ve experienced it often in my own life. But when you’re depressed it’s really hard to beleive there is good coming our way.
I think I like the last sentence best and feel it’s the most accurate when we’re experiencing depression. We can’t imagine the “good” coming, but we can imagine it not being as bad. Sometimes superlatives just don’t cut it.
I often write from a very positive and upbeat position. I do that because I feel it’s what people need when they are experiencing depression. But I know that sometimes, people are just not capable of accepting that. They need something that matches their mood.
So today I say that it really won’t always be this hard.
It really won’t.
There will come that first day when the pain seems a tiny bit less stabbing. There will be a second day and than a week. You won’t really notice much except that you seem to be moving more, doing a little more.
As you come out of your prison, you will start to remember how life used to be for you and it will bring the tiniest upturning of the corners of your mouth. Eventually, your depression will be gone.
Hopefully, you will look back and try to determine what brought on your illness. Hopefully, you will find yourself making some needed changes in your life to prevent yourself from ever going back there.
Depression changes us. Maybe I should say, it should. Living through something that miserable and coming out on the other side would seem to me to be a great catalyst for self-examination.
But there are some of you who will be so grateful just to feel better, you will simply get on with your life reveling in your new emotional state. And that’s OK, too. But I hope that eventually you will look back.
Self-examination is always good after a trauma like clinical depression, and make no mistake, depression is very much a traumatic experience.
So take heart, it won’t always be this way. God is walking beside you.
God bless you today.
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