When something in the church world makes me angry, I have a tendency to go on a spiritual high horse.
Or at least, that is what I’m calling it. But the problem is it isn’t always as spiritual as I’d like to think.
A few weeks ago when I reposted a previous blog about depression, I had to get off the horse restrain myself. Comments and stories of being shamed, isolated and belittled came rolling into my inbox, and I was livid.
If there was ever a time when the fruit of the Spirit called self-control needed to manifest itself, it was in those moments when I heard from my readers, because I was sure some self-professed Christians needed to hear from me.
But the more I seethed, the more I realized what I really needed was some time away from social media to breathe and collect my thoughts. Most of all, I needed to let the Holy Spirit speak.
He does speak to you, you know. There in the space of quiet when the kids were outside playing in the sandbox and it wasn’t quite time for dinner, I could almost feel his embrace in a ray of sunlight, in the kids’ shadows dancing on the amber, knotted wood.
When the voices of the world become so loud it’s deafening, I need his peace the most.
And do you know what He pressed on my heart? To those who were told their depression wasn’t real: you are enough.
To others who heard it was impossible for a true follower of Jesus to be depressed: you are enough.
To my readers who are living with family members who do not understand why they can’t snap out of it and simply be happy: you are enough.
You are enough because God has made you complete through Christ Jesus. He did not pay for you with silver or gold, but with the precious blood of his only Son.
When we take up our cross and follow Jesus, we are not promised a life free of trouble, heartache or pain. No, Jesus guarantees we will face difficulty as long as we are in this world.
There is a part of us that aches for place we can’t even yet define…the eternal, the heavenly, the perfect. It is how we are designed.
Joy and celebration will come, but there will also be valleys and seasons when we have to rely on the strength of God to get us through. It is during those times when his power shines through us.
Being part of the body of Christ does not mean we are perfect. It means God’s power is being made perfect in us.
We all suffer. And the sad truth is that some of our troubles are hidden from view of others because we can’t bear another judgmental remark.
It is then that God uses women like Ann Voskamp to restore my soul when she says, “When the church isn’t for the suffering, then the church isn’t for Christ.”
It is not the well who need a doctor, friends. And while God does not desire for any of us to live in complete darkness, it is through our struggles that he does some of his most brilliant work.
Your dark can be transformed into evidence of his Light.
And that, dear body, is nothing short of magnificent.
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