Ah, but it’s not winter. The sun shines bright and dances on the lake. School bells have a reprieve while children play. Summertime: the venue for ice cream, baseball, and vacations. Happy days, not blue.
Happy you say? Does ill health or death take a holiday? Does bad news avoid the summer months? Think again, look around. How many troubled people see half- empty cups rather than summer’s glow?
They’re not alone. In the Bible, King David wrestled with “losing hope.” But as his depression deepened, he knew where to seek help. His words in Psalm 143:1-12 contain the prescription:
“I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works. I think about what you have done” (verse 5)
Remember God’s faithfulness, the times He came through in a hard situation. Think about God’s blessings and mercies that are new every morning. Keep a spiritual journal for such a time as these.
“I reach but for you. I thirst for you.” (verse 6)
Gaze vertically instead of horizontally. Focusing on my earthly circumstances robs my joy, debilitates me, and derails my faith. As I lift my eyes to the Lord and tell him my troubles, I can expect Him to:
“Show me where to walk.” (vs. 8) My human understanding is short-sighted especially during depression. Rather than ask why, ask God to show how to walk through difficult days.
“Save me from my enemies.” (vs. 9) Too often, I’m my own worst “enemy.” Unguarded thoughts, relying on emotions instead of God’s character, and unmet expectations sabotage me. Or I allow “the enemy,” another person’s opinion of me or actions, to carry too much weight.
“Teach me to do His will.” (vs. 10) Health benefits are guaranteed when I come before God with a heart fully submitted and willing to learn from my circumstances. Am I willing to ask God to teach me no matter the cost?
“Lead me forward on a firm footing.” (vs. 10) God may not change the circumstance, but He is with me on the journey. The Lord keeps me from stumbling if I stop running ahead. Am I willing to follow Him even in this?
In time, the Lord will “bring me out of this distress for the glory of His name.” (vs. 11) And there will be blue skies again.