There is a common notion that depressed people can just snap out of it. Put off the sad switch and be happy. Well meaning family and friends can say things that may cause the depressed person to feel even worse. Because, to some extent the factors are beyond their control.
Constant badgering can leave them feeling more hopeless. This promotes masking, because the depressed person does not feel as though they have gap to be real, and experience the motions of their emotions. Instead they have to try and adhere to societal expectations while dying on the inside.
Depression is paralyzing.
It leaves one feeling stuck, dormant, and sometimes lost. This kills their self esteem and self worth. They are unable to do things they used to do easily with the same excitement and zeal.
Speaking of paralysis, Jesus healed a paralytic man back in Capernaum.
Matthew 9: 2-8 ( NLT)
Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”
But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”
Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts? Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
And the man jumped up and went home! Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen. And they praised God for sending a man with such great authority.
The lessons we can pick from this scripture:-
1) Depression is personal but communal.
When one person is depressed, the people around him/her are affected as well. In their attempt to help they may suggest, different modes of treatment. Every one has an opinion about everything, and, not every one will be ecstatic about how you receive your healing. Healing is personal.
2) Inner Healing precedes Physical Healing
Before Jesus asked the man to take up his mat and walk, He forgave His sins. There is much more to depression than meets the eye. He saw the man’s heart, what people couldn’t see when they looked at him, and dealt with it first, because the heart is the well-spring of life. The root of the problem dwells in the heart.
That dark hole that depression leads you down usually has pessimistic voices as entertainment. If you hear something long enough you start to believe it.
When God heals your heart, you are encouraged.
Proverbs 14:10 (NIV)
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy
There are hurts and thoughts that flood the mind that make the physical paralysis look like a drop in the ocean.
There is a trade-in-option available for those who feel weary and burdened.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
Then Jesus said, ” Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”
This verse has gotten me through some pretty dark moments.
Acts 17:28 (NIV)
For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
May you begin to find the freedom to live, do the things that you love and be ALL that you were created to be in Him.
P.S if you’d like to talk some more about depression, send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org