Depressed After the Holidays?
December 29, 2013
Christmas is such a wonderful time of year . . . it almost seems wrong to feel let down when the big event is over. We can be so blessed, yet feel so empty. We can be in a good position to have a prosperous new year, yet not be looking forward to it at all. We can also have terrible circumstances, some we can’t even discuss with others, and wonder how in the world we are going to enter another year carrying such a burden. Friend, if this describes you in any way, I understand.
I have battled depression for many years now. Thankfully, I am now in a good spot emotionally, and have been for over two years . . . praise the Lord! Yet, my mind continually thinks of people that might be struggling right now. I want to speak to you, dear friend, about how you can make it through the next few days.
I have found that the Word of God is the best remedy for my down times. There are many verses that are so powerful, so uplifting, so matchless in their message! I know that I could never, ever find such comfort anywhere else. So let me begin with a particular verse that brings me to a halt, every time:
“When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.” (Psalm 56:9)
Wow! Just knowing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God is for me brings me an extreme level of comfort. When we look around at the uncertainty of everything around us, as children of God we can relish the fact that He is FOR us. We might be down, but we can never be out. He is on our side, in our corner, and on the throne on our behalf!
The second verse that comes to my mind is one that has brought comfort to millions:
“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)
The holidays sometimes bring up reminders of a person who has forsaken us. Maybe someone very special has passed away and left a void in our hearts. These are very, very difficult situations to manage. But we have a promise here that gives us great hope: He will never leave us! If someone has broken your heart, remember this: He will never leave you! If someone has departed this earth, and you don’t know how you will go on without them, just think: He will never leave you! You may just feel so down, and just wish you had someone to talk to. Take heart in that He is always there to listen, and will NEVER leave!
The third verse that brings me so much encouragement in my down times is one that has become somewhat of a life verse for me. My depression nearly ruined my life. I wasn’t sure if I would ever get better. But this verse was the one that I kept coming back to, over and over:
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
No matter what happens, or what you are facing, He has promised grace for your need. That is worth more than gold, my friend. When you are weak . . . He is strong! His strong hand is always working for your good, with grace that is so sufficient, we can’t even grasp it! There is nothing, absolutely nothing out there that He cannot handle, fix, or solve. Rejoice in that sweet grace. It is a precious thing reserved for the child of God!
You might be thinking: “that’s all nice, but I still feel down.” Believe me, I have been there, too! I have been about as low as you can go emotionally. But I am a living testimony of the Lord’s power to deliver someone out of deep depression! There is hope for you!
I want to encourage you to keep meditating on the Scriptures above as well as so many others you will find in the precious Word. Give the Lord time to work in your life and in your situation. He wants your trust.
In closing, I hope you will remember these words:
- God is for me.
- He will never leave me, nor forsake me.
- His grace is sufficient for me.
Hold on, dear friend. I know where you are, but I also know what He can do, because He did it in me. 🙂
(If you need prayer, feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org)