Heal me, Oh Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praiseJeremiah 17:14
If you fall head-first down a flight of stairs, you’ll be in the hospital for a week and your friends will feel sorry for you. But take an emotional tumble, that FEELS like somersaulting into a wine cellar, and your loved ones may not understand. After all, falling down a flight of stairs is an accident, but FEELING like you’ve done a cerebral cartwheel into the basement is not.
In truth, injuries to the psyche are ALL to REAL, and they leave the scars to prove it.
Confession: I’m a tortured artist type who occasionally struggles with roller-coaster emotions. But I don’t decide to be anxious or sad any more than I’d choose to fall down a flight of stairs. I’m simply one of many who struggle with inexplicable negative feelings.
From the dizzying heights of anxiety, to the double loops of despondency, I’ve experienced the whole enchilada.
Yet the coolest thing is, God always rides along–rooting for me the whole way (Jeremiah 29:11)–and, when it’s over, I always return to a healthier perspective.
I get by with a little help from my friends.Paul McCartney and John Lennon
So please don’t steer clear of a melancholic buddy. Come along side; ask about their well being. Then bring them back upstairs for some hot chamomile tea and a nap.
I speak from my own experience. Your situation may be different. If you struggle with long term anxiety and/or depression, please seek professional help.
If you’re still alive, it’s not too lateRegular David (me)