Our Lifter In The Darkness

Good morning out there in Blog-land ~

I trust everyone is hanging in there today. If not barely. Some days are just that way. Yet we must continue to get up. Funny how life doesn’t stop for us huh? That’s where Grace kicks in – to help us do what we just don’t want to do – what we sometimes feel like we can’t do at all. I believe it is always there for us. Sometimes we lay hold to it & allow its love in – other days it feels easier to just pull the covers back up over our head & retreat into darkness – our comfort zone. As crazy as that is.

I understand depression. It runs in my family. I lost my eldest brother to suicide & almost lost my Mom to it when I was just 11 years old. It can be a daily battle for some – others it comes in sweeping symphonic waves – I’m on the wave side. Obvious personal triggers can bring it on, & sometimes I feel its weight for no particular reason at all. It has different methods – sometimes it slithers and sometimes it hits me from behind. But it’s all relative. And it always sucks.

But though it wars against us, let those of us who know it well say:

– Thank you Lord that You fight my enemies and save me.
-Thank you that when the battle is great & the opponent is invisible and unrelenting, I can still look up.
– Thank you God that you are mighty to save. Mighty to behead our foe on our behalf.
– Thank you that though we may feel very alone in our darkness, we never truly are.
– Thank you Lord for God-with-skin-on ~ those friends & family that come alongside at the just-right time with the just-right words & arms & laughter to lift us up into Your sweet light. Again.

Joy comes in the morning after a while.
It really, really does.
We just have to be open.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand – Psalm 40:2 (NIV)

Much love, grace & lifting y’all,

Bonnie

(image courtesy of hsmromaniagoteam.wordpress.com)

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