The man sitting across from me appeared to be well adjusted, successful and good natured. Underneath the calm exterior, I later discovered, was a sea of profound depression and unresolved grief. From early childhood, he had lived in a place he called Shadowland, where everything was gray, and the sun was enshrouded in dark clouds. His parents had always chided him to smile, cheer up, lose the long face, and at least pretend to be having a good time.
Renewing the Mind in The Quiet Place
Aligning our will with God’s Will
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1
Paul urges each of us to yield ourselves to God unreservedly and unconditionally, and ties it to an act of worship on our part. Our submission is directly linked to our need to bow the knee to God’s Sovereignty.
Acknowledging His Lordship in our Lives
Changing Habitual Thought Patterns
Suffering through hardship, and physical pain, make it especially difficult to grapple with hopeless, depressed and pessimistic thinking. It is so painfully difficult to shift your mind to a positive optimistic outlook when your body is wracked by pain and suffering.
The very nature of pain is that it is always more intense than pleasure. A person in continual pain, experiences it morning, noon, and throughout the long lonely night.
“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn that shines brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18
As you work through a time of depression that you might be going through right now, take heart, there is always God's way to sort it out, and it always leads to The Quiet Place.