Leaving the Depths of Despair

Leaving the Depths of Despair

Have you ever experienced the “Depths of Despair?”

A place of sadness so deep that it causes physical pain?

I wish that this was unknown to most people, but I think it’s probably the opposite.

Life can be devastatingly difficult.

And yet – we persevere.

I had a breakthrough in the past few weeks that surprised me.

I experienced one of these “depths of despair” encounters a few weeks ago. It came out of nowhere, as most good blows to the head do. The details don’t matter, but I will share that I was physically knocked down by the emotional blow. (Actually, there were a couple hardcore hits in a matter of days.)

So, I started to reach out for help.  (Remember that part.)

I prayed. (Remember that part.)

Surprisingly, I was pulled out of the “depths of despair” within one day. The sadness was still there and the problem still had to be dealt with, but utter despair and hopelessness were gone.

In my experience, this is nothing short of miraculous. In the past, when something of this magnitude hit me, despair was a residence I lived in for long periods of time.

But God has changed this.

Over the past 14 years of walking with God, He has done healing work in me that has fully made me different. I’ve pursued Him and His healing relentlessly because I was so tired of always being in pain. What I saw happen in the past few weeks has shown me that His word is true!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Cor. 5:17)

This change in me isn’t because I’ve figured something out, or because God loves me more than others, but simply because God is good! He loves each of us so very much!

God loves you!

He wants freedom from pain and sadness for each of us.

The question becomes, “Will we lean in?”

Will we trust Him and pursue Him.

In the good times, will we let Him heal the old wounds?

In the hard times, will we look to Him for healing or blame him for the pain?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in the Depths of Despair. I’m choosing to trust God. I’m choosing to surrender to His healing work, to bare my stinging wounds to His sweet salve of repair.

How about you? Would you like to experience more of His healing?

I’m excited to share I’ll be adding some new features to my website soon! One of these will be prayers for healing that you can listen to and agree with. God is able and willing to bring us healing and freedom! Let’s take Him at His word! 🙂

Fields of lavender from our summer travels

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