Don’t you know who it was who healed you?

“I took them in My arms but they did not know I healed them.”Hosea 11:3b

Do you take vitamins?

I do.

I was filling my daily pillbox with my vitamins, D and C, fish oil, Tumeric and Lutein.  I couldn’t help but think, “Wouldn’t it be great if a person could just take a pill for depression and it would go away for good.”

“What?”,  you’re asking. “Doesn’t she know about antidepressants?”

Of course, I do. I was on them for years. But that’s not my point.

Medication will absolutely relieve the symptoms of depression but they won’t cure it. Oh, they will relieve the symptoms but a lot of issues are still there. You’re just feeling better now.

Medication serves a good purpose though. They help us think. Depression interferes with good thinking skills. Everything is muddled. Our brains feel like mush.

If your doctor has suggested medication, by all means take it. You will find relief in a few weeks and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. If you were a diabetic, you’d take insulin, right?

God heals in many different ways. For you, for right now, medication may be the short-term answer.

But God is the ultimate healer.

I’ve known a number of people who’ve let their depression escalate because they felt so guilty about taking medication. This is the result of the judgemental attitudes people who have no experience with the illness often express, “You should be able to just talk yourself out of this. You just need to trust more, pray more……..” No wonder people sometimes feel so guilty. The church as an institution has not been much better.

If you have tried to do it yourself, if there is no medical explanation and your doctor has suggested medication, remember:’

God heals in so many different ways. In the long run, it is God who is healing anyway and you can thank him for that, pills or no pills.

Don’t be so proud that you ignore the lifeline he is presenting.

God has you in his arms.

I pray for each of your daily.

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