Continued from my previous blog:
Larry did not commit suicide. With his spiritual, mental, and emotional make-up, he was incapable of doing so. What killed him was the spirit of depression that had taken over his soul (mind, emotions, and will) and stood between him and the Spirit of God.
I find a parallel in Matthew 8: 28-34. Whereas two men were possessed by evil spirits, Larry was possessed by the spirit of depression. The two men were not in control of their actions, nor was Larry. The two men couldn’t do anything about their condition, nor could Larry.
Jesus intervened to divinely heal the two men. Those close to Larry prayed for Christ’s intervention, but it is a great mystery why there is divine healing for some and not for others. In my darkest time, a pastor at my church anointed me with oil and laid hands on me. Though I was not healed at that very moment, I believe the anointing and prayer started me on the road to recovery.
We are God’s hands and feet in this world, and it is up to us to stand in the gap between heaven and earth on behalf of a loved one when we see desperation and dysfunction. I would have insisted Larry be hospitalized for more than a few days if it were up to me, but it wasn’t. For those in a position to intervene, have courage to do so; it could mean the difference between life and death. For those who are deeply depressed and think death could be a good way out, even if you are not contemplating suicide, give permission to a family member or friend to intervene on your behalf in the event you are overwhelmed by depression and can no longer make rational decisions.