When I was 8 years old, I attempted to write a suicide letter and mail it to my grandma. Thus began my journey with God and mental affliction. Depression, anxiety, bipolarity, OCD and the like, are legit. They are sicknesses in the mind–not to be distinguished from illnesses in the body. But let me tell you one thing I’ve learned: with God, ALL things are possible (Matthew 19:26). And apart from God, I can do nothing (John 15:5). These two verses have solidified my cornerstone of a life, well-lived, with mental affliction. God is sovereign, perfect in all His ways. He created me and He knew what He was doing. And He knew I would have what I have. Many of us are born with “thorns in our sides,” but God isn’t taken aback. And God doesn’t give a life more than a life can bear with Him. Have mental affliction? Yes, it’s tough. Have God? Yes, it’s still tough….but not impossible. You got this. Don’t give up. And as we use this week to raise awareness, for Mental Illness Awareness Week (#MIAW), if you don’t struggle with this, this is a good week to give God thanks for that and to use your words to encourage another who may be struggling with it.
God’s Best to you guys!