12 Mar Our eyes may be open, but we are still broken.
What better companion to anxiety and depression then Jesus? Maybe you haven’t noticed lately, but the world is broken. The world is hurting and the solutions the world is offering just aren’t cutting it. Whether a believer or a nonbeliever we are all seeking justice, Peace. Equality.
Jesus offers peace, justice and equality. Jesus offered everything, including Himself. Jesus experienced first-hand how broken our world is. Jesus saw the heartbreak of grief, diseases that couldn’t be healed, betrayal, and man’s brokenness. He understood what it felt like to be separated from God. To ask those same questions that we ask. Perfectly man, perfectly God.
I can’t imagine trying to heal from anxiety and depression without the hope of the gospel. The gospel helps remind me that this life isn’t the end. The gospel reminds me “that in this world there will be troubles, but I (Jesus) have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). While I’m temporarily healed from depression, I know that it’s lurking just around the corner. That at any moment I could be covered in the blanket of depression.
Thankfully Jesus tells me this isn’t the end of the story. This is only the beginning. That even though I experience heartache in trouble there is hope. My brain may be broken in this life, but He will heal it. Jesus never says no to healing us. We will be healed whether in this life or the next. Even if we are healed in this life, our healing is only temporary. We will all pass from this world. Death was not what God wanted. Eden was the way God intended it, but we wanted to be like God. We wanted to know the difference of good and evil. Knowing good and evil means knowing heartache.
We have the hope of the Garden to come. The hope of heaven where everything will be made right. Where there is no sickness, no death, no crying and no sadness. I think God has left a whole in our hearts that longs for justice so we will long for Him. He desires to be the one to bring us a peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7). Let us cling to His promises my friends, for we are not alone in this journey. We have a shepherd who desires to walk with us. Let’s invite Him in.