Especially when you're in the dark.
Yet depression often forces us into exactly that place.
The irony is that we want to be alone, to crawl into a corner and hide from the world. At the same time, what's best for us is just the opposite.
When depression strikes, I find it hard to think clearly. My instinct is to pull up the covers and stay in bed all day. Why wallowing in the bad feelings, letting them steal my day, sounds appealing, I don't know. Well, yes, I kind of do. That's the depression talking: Be alone with me.
Wallowing in misery is the absolute worst thing to do, though. I need to get out among people, or at least reach out by phone. I need someone to remind me of the promises of God. I need someone not to appease me by saying, "It'll be okay," but to remind me that God is still in control, no matter what's happening and where I am.
I can't do it alone. I need God--His strength, His wisdom, His unfailing love. And when I can't see Him, I need good friends to remind me that He is always, always with me.
I wrote this in five minutes in response to the prompt ALONE in Five Minute Friday. Click through the link below to see more FMF.
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