This is a session I had with my brother Bill on October 8, 2010. Bill is a Christian psychotherapist in North Carolina, and he played such a key role in guiding my soul and spirit that I can honestly say I would not have turned the corner on depression without him. Every depressed person should have a Bill in his/her life. He will be a guest poster on this blog site in the future.
“Trust in God is a constant vigilance, not a done deal once and for all. It is a process. It’s not a
global thing (I can trust you with everything, Jesus) but a particular thing with specifics (I trust you right here, Jesus). The global will come. Be very specific. Pay attention to what’s going on in the moment. Jesus will have a specific response to a specific situation.
“Be ruthlessly honest with Jesus as to where you are. It’s like the Billy Graham song sung at his revivals: Just as I am. Jesus wants me just as I am, depression and warts and all. He does not want me to hide anything from Him from my standpoint. Lay it all before Him.
“Ask Jesus to search your heart and reveal to you what is wrong with your thinking, what is wrong with your emotions, what is wrong with your choices.”
These words are wisdom for those with depression and those who aren’t depressed. If you can trust God with the condition you are in, knowing that He will bring you out of it in His timing, believing that He that is within you is greater than he who is in the world, you will have taken a giant step in your recovery. Oh, my soul, delight in God and trust Him in each catastrophe, in each nitty-gritty thing, in every turn of the page. ..for He is there.