Depression to Hope
By Gwyn Weyant
In the last month due to circumstances my husband and I have gone through a very rough patch. The circumstances have left my husband with a broken left shoulder, no income and me with depression. Now usually it would completely make me nuts, but in my recent resurgence of faith, I have been looking into how the bible handles the very subject of depression.
Now until recently, I had no idea where to begin my search. I pulled out a couple of books that helped me know where to look. First was Find It Fast in the Bible. A Quick Topical Reference by Ron Rhodes published by Harvest House Publishers copyright 2000.
The book is very good at giving you scriptures of the bible and after reading the scriptures I wanted to know more than just the basic scriptures gave me. So I went to the second book How to Handle Your Emotions-Anger, Depression, Fear, Grief, Rejection, Self-Worth by June Hunt copyright 2008 published by Harvest House Publishers.
I found out that what I have is called situational depression. The type that is brought on by the current situation. In other words the facts that my dear husband and I are going through. Ms. Hunt uses the scripture to explain the premise and also gives good examples for making someone to understand both the causes of depression and the scriptures that go along with it.
“Be care, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.”(Luke 21:34 NIV)
While reading the chapter on depression Ms. Hunt gave the definition of Depression as defined by Psychology.
· Depression- is the psychological term pertaining to the mental, emotional and behavioral characteristics of depressed person.
A psychological state that exists when the heart is pressed down and unable to experience joy. Feeling trapped underneath a dark, sadness, grief, guilt, and hopelessness.
Okay that even made sense to me and I didn’t do well in a Psychology classes in College. So what causes the darkness to begin with
“For all of them, deep darkness is their morning They make friends with the terrors of darkness.” (Job 24:17 NIV)
I had no idea that there were different degrees of Depression. Situational, Chemical. These categories under general depression.
Situational- refers to depression brought on by a painful situation that presses down on the heart for a period of time.
Chemical- can occur when the body chemistry does not function the way it is intended.
Now I could go on in a lot more detail but it was at this point that I got my answer in the scripture. It summed it up with the following scripture from Proverbs.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13: 12NIV)
Ms. Hunt went on in greater detail about the cause and effects of depression. It is a truly great chapter if you are interested in getting into the depths of depression.
I got sidetracked with the idea of Hope in the last scripture. We all sit around thinking about how our situation is hopeless. There is nothing we can do to change it. ( I will raise my hand when the question is asked Have you ever felt this way. I am guilty as charged.)
Well this made me start thinking about Hope. (Who says God doesn’t work on us in many wondrous ways.) The scripture that caught my eye was the following:
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagle; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”(Isaiah 40:31KJV)
So keeping this in mind I realized that it’s okay for me to have the situational depression for the moment. Yes things truly look bleak. But let’s not forget who is in charge of the situation. God is still taking care of the situation. He always answers. He’ll make the situation right. He knows that in our worries and fears that we don’t always go to him the way we should.
So Dear Heavenly Father I feel ashamed that I didn’t turn to you first and talk the whole situation over to begin with. Now that I have gotten on my knees to talk with you. I realize that I am in the wrong. You should have been my first thought. They one that I talk to from the very start of the whole mess. They one I put my faith in no matter what.
I shall put my hand upon my mouth for it is not my place to question what my Lord has in store for me and my husband. I put my hand upon my mouth so that the Lord will listen to my heart. I thank you for your love and the fact that you are holding me through this time of need.
Your humble grateful sinner,