Welcome to the living room. Jump onto the sofa and put your feet up.
I’m sorry if you cannot do that because you are disabled and that is what makes you feel so down.
I’m sorry if you cannot do that because you are too busy looking after a loved-one, or doing 3 jobs to pay the bills.
I’m sorry if you cannot do that because resting makes you feel guilty.
I’m sorry if you cannot do that because you believe if God really existed, you wouldn’t be feeling so rubbish.
And I’m very sorry if this is impossible for you, because you have a faith, but feel so dreadful all the time, that hearing another bible verse just makes you frustrated.
Whatever the reason for your depression and anxiety, God wants you to know, he does exist, he does love you and he does want to set you free from these horrendous struggles.
I could quote you many promises from the bible about how given certain conditions, God can pull you up from your pit of despair, lifting your head up high, and swapping your cries of misery for songs of joy.
But for most of you, it may take much longer for the power of those words to penetrate your heart, because rising from depression and anxiety can be a long journey of regularly saturating your mind with positive truths and maintaining a lifestyle that will draw you away from misery and keep you focussed on what will maintain mental freedom.
But although it may be a lengthy process filled with set-backs, tears, anger and confusion, he promises to walk with you all the way to the end.
Anything can get us down and it can happen when we least expect it, but when Jesus is allowed full control of our lives, depression does not have to take root, neither does anxiety and suicidal feelings.
Like that little squirrel trying to move the sofa all by himself, we often try to fix problems on our own. He is focussing on the wrong thing, for he was created to scurry up tree trunks and enjoy consuming nuts and acorns – but instead, he is looking at what is right in front of his eyes – the big obstacle that needs to be moved.
Let’s face it – there are hundreds of things in life that can get us down if we think about them too much: The things we were deprived of that others had, the things we used to be able to do but cannot anymore, owing to severe pain or numbness, the people who hurt us badly that cause awful memories, nightmares and daily fears, and the people who were cruelly snatched from our lives, who we miss so terribly…
The good news is that there is someone who knows about every sorrow you have ever faced and understands that the way you reacted to them is unique to you. No two people are affected in the same way by the same misfortune. God knows you intimately – isn’t that great? He’s the best psychologist one could ever find. But he wants you to draw near to him so he can comfort you properly, speak to you more clearly and guide you more directly.
He wants to give you beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
So release the load, put down the sofa and sit on it. This may seem as unusual as trying to relax on a couch in the middle of a field. My prayer is that you will find him talking to you amongst these pages and as he gently speaks to your heart, that being in his presence will soon feel as normal as enjoying an afternoon on a settee in the sun.
Feel free to hop into the comment box to say ‘Hello’ and I promise to wander over to your site to see what you’re up to.