Some years ago several personal incidents in my life had me traumatized and sent me into a pretty deep depression. Feeling totally overwhelmed, I finally went to my family doctor and he prescribed an anti-depressant. At the same time, I sought out a counselor and went through this dual therapy of pharmaceuticals and one hour sessions. The drug eliminated my highs and lows. I didn’t feel elation nor despair. It felt like a zombie state to me.
After the storm subsided I asked to be taken off the medication because of the many side-effects I was experiencing. Still, I wondered how I could have such a miserable outlook on life when I “knew” my God was good. I had lost faith in His promise to care for me. My circumstances were ruling my life.
After a slow and steady journey back towards God, He has shown me that it is good and pleasing to walk by faith and not by sight. It’s a different kind of “knowing” today. Sometimes you just have to climb over every mountain and be persistent in your walk of faith. My heart goes out to those folks that are stuck in their circumstances. I know what that feels like.
God’s promise of rest and joy are always available to those who trust Him. There are many who have survived horrible events in their lives by choosing praise over worry. He is able to do more than we can ever imagine or think. Rise up.
Psalm 106:24 Then they despised the pleasant land,
having no faith in his promise.