By Gordon King
The world can be a lonely place. With all of the hustle and bustle of modern-day society, most people are busy with their day-to-day lives. Too busy to lend a helping hand, to listen, to smile and ask “how are you?”.
Loneliness, depression, anxiety, panic attacks all are very real. Not only are they real, they can also be deadly. When a person is severely depressed he (she) feels hopeless. Nothing seems to matter anymore. He becomes tired and withdrawn. The ability to think and reason, perform daily tasks, and function can be seriously compromised. There seems to be no solution or help. Life just does not seem worth living anymore. Suicide is common among the severely depressed. It seems like a viable solution to the problem at the time.
Depression can also lead to illness. The person looses his appetite, doesn’t sleep and the immune system all but shuts down. The body becomes more susceptible to disease and organ failure. Depression may have the opposite effect on some people. They may compensate by becoming addicted to food, alcohol and/or drugs. All of which have their own negative effects on the body and mind.
Doctors prescribe medications to enable the person to cope. Many physicians will also refer the patient to counseling services. These can be needed and are often helpful. However, is this enough? Will this cure the problem? Will I still feel empty inside?
There is an answer.
You may not like it. You may think that what I have to say is just religious nonsense. But I must first tell you, that I have been there. I can speak to you about this from experience. A couple of years ago I was severely depressed. I also had anxiety and panic attacks. I could barely get myself out of bed, let alone take a shower and go to work. But I managed to function somehow. Each day was a daunting task. I dreaded to wake up in the morning. All I wanted to do was stay in bed and sleep. I did not know how I was going to deal with my depression. I thought it would just take care of itself and get better. The last thing I wanted to do was to go to a doctor and admit that I was depressed. The humiliation, the anguish. Each day became more difficult than the one before. Thoughts did enter my mind about driving my car off of the freeway. But, I would never do that, since I believe that suicide may send me to a place I do not want to go. So grudgingly I took myself to the doctor. He prescribed me Zoloft and Ativan. It took a couple of weeks for any noticeable effects to take place. However it did help me, actually it numbed my senses, literally, even physical senses. I think they put me on too high of a dose, so I cut back and completely stopped the Ativan. The doctor also wanted me to see a counselor. I just couldn’t get myself to go to a counselor and spill my guts to a total stranger. Besides, I am a Christian and don’t want advice against my beliefs. At the time I was a Christian, but I drifted away from God. Even though I was on medication, I was still depressed and had a hard time dealing with life. I needed something else.
The only other thing to do was to cry out to God for help. And that is what I did. I dropped down on my knees and I literally cried out loud to God for help! As tears ran down my face, I remember asking God why this is happening to me? Are you punishing me? What did I do that was so bad? I continued to pray to God while down on the floor. A miracle happened. God spoke to me in my soul and spirit. He told me that he loves me. He came to me and let me know that everything will be fine. Even if you walk away from God he is so happy to take you back into his loving arms.
I began reading the bible daily, attending church and praying throughout the day, each and everyday since then. God has since filled me with his Holy Spirit. This is often called being anointed by God. I love it. I know that God is with me and loves me dearly. No longer do I have this depression. God gave me comfort and peace. Even though I go through trials and tribulations in life, I know that God is there with me and I let him handle my problems. I have a personal relationship with the Lord of the Universe! Praise God.
About two months later I made a follow up visit to my doctor, he asked me if I started any counseling yet. I answered him back: “Yes, I go to church every Sunday and read my bible daily”. He said to me with a blank stare: “Oh, I’m not a bible-thumper”. I am not sure what he meant by that, but I didn’t really care either. I felt so much better.
I hope and pray that if you suffer from depression, that you will give God a chance to help you. He loves you so very much. He is the literal creator of everything in the Universe, including you and me. If he made us then surely he can cure us as well.
The bible is God’s written words. This is what he says to us:
Psalm 103:3 (God) Who forgives all your iniquity (sin), who heals all your diseases,
PSalm 147:3 David tells us “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
John 16:33 “In Me you may have peace”
2 Corinthians 1:4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
Jesus is the answer my friends. Please take some time and think about this. Pray to Jesus to help you see the truth. It will change the rest of your life! If you are not a Christian, then you need to accept God/Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He will not help you if you do not accept him. This is the first step. To accept Jesus and get saved click on the link below.
I pray that God blesses you and gives you the peace and comfort you deserve. Amen 😉