Bad memories, worries,
anxieties, fears. They are like haunting spirits. Sometimes they
are there when you awake, even before you get out of bed. When you
lay down at night troubling thoughts roll through your mind like
waves in the ocean. Even in sleep there is no escape. You are like
a hamster on his little wheel. Round and round you go with your
problems, trying to find escape or solutions and getting nowhere.
You stand in the dark shadows, looking at others. The sun is shining,
the birds are singing, children are laughing and playing. You see
others who seem to be enjoying life, but it all eludes you.
The darkness in your mind might
be because of a temporary valley you are going through and you will
come out of it in time . At other times it might be that you have
lived for months or even years under this canopy of gloom with ever-present
heaviness in your heart. There seems to be no escape. Depression
and negative thoughts paint each of your days and nights with shades
of gray progressing to black.
God says He loves you (John
4:10) and thinks of you continually (Psalm 139:17-18). He daily
bears your burdens (Psalm 68:19) He has called you out of the darkness
into His wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9). He says He causes all things
to work together for good for those that love Him (Romans 8:28).
And Jesus says that He came to give you abundant life (John 10:10).
God's Word is full of wonderful
promises. It is full of hope. If you won't read it and spend time
in it, then you will probably continue to live in darkness. But
if you will begin the habit of reading God's Word and meditating
on its meaning and conversing with Him, the healing, life-giving,
blessed light will begin to flood your heart and your mind. Jesus
said in John 8:12, "I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows
me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
In another place (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV) we read, "For God hath not
given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a
Review: Take steps to turn
from your darkness to the Light (Christ). Read and study God's Word,
especially the New Testament promises and the Psalms. Trust Him
as your Savior and Lord, and trust Him to do what He says He will
do. Then, "…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever
is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if
anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things"
(Philippians 4:8). Close the door to yesterday with all its bad
experiences and trust God with tomorrow.
"Therefore do not worry about
tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough
trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:34). Dale Carnegie called this living
in "day-tight compartments."
"Yesterday's gone and
tomorrow may never come, but we have this moment today."*
*We Have This Moment Today"
by Bill and Gloria Gaither
Daphne Harrington 2000
Depression and negative thoughts paint each of your days and
nights with shades of gray progressing to black.
by Graham Cooper