A Sound Mind Comes From the Lord
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3)
Down through the years, I have learned many valuable lessons. And yes, down those same years there have been some challenging times. While growing up at home with my parents, I very seldom heard the word depression. It was mentioned only when referring to a certain era in the past known as “The Great Depression of The Hungry 30’s“. Parents were given a book of food stamps for each family member allowing them to obtain food as needed. This was a trying time.
Today the word “depression” has taken on another meaning. Indeed, the idea of depression has become so personalized and yet widespread that it is causing great concern to our health care system today. I, and others are grateful that there are organizations that care and provide help to those who seek a solution. For people who desperately seek a soundness and peace of mind.
In my own life, being a young mother with 5 children — two of which were 2 and a half and one infant — I, myself, was stricken with a disease that threatened my eyesight. A dark cloud began to form destroying my hope and peace of mind. I remember that it’s grip was destructive. Because of this, I can understand why the word depression is referred to as “the dark night of the soul”.
Fortunately, caring people from the community learned of my situation and began praying for me, seeking God for direction. They wanted to help. In particular, there was one couple who would regularly visit me in my hospital room. These two would spend several hours in conversation, and praying with me. Looking back, I was not the same person when they left as when they had come. In fact, God touched me and healed me from any signs of mental illness going forward. I learned that “there is no fear in love [because] perfect love casts out all fear.” (I John 4:18)
Other lessons I have learned include:
I have learned to praise God even when there doesn’t appear to be any reason to thank Him. Why? Because He is the God of the day and God of the night, and He knows my heart.
God did not give us the spirit of fear but of power, of love and of a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7)
- The promises of peace, joy, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness and faith and that are contained in God’s Word have never failed me. (Galatians 5:22)
The Lord wants to renew our minds and hearts so that we all can experience His joy. The Bible states: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) I am so grateful for His amazing provision toward me, that still remains in my life many years later. Still, I am not unmindful of my own journey to faith. It is for this reason that my heart goes out with great sympathy to those who are stricken with depression. Just know that the same hope and happiness that I discovered years ago, is still very obtainable. Dear reader, you can receive the same tangible touch from the Lord for your healing today. Pray with me. Believe on Jesus this day. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9) Most of all, let God fill your mind, heart and soul with His abundant love.