My life, and perhaps yours too, is lived in and out of the desert seasons. Depression doesn’t just “go away” and anxiety creeps up on my heart when I least expect it, but no amount of hurt has diminished my ability to see God’s faithfulness. The darkness, the desert, and the disappointing seasons have only deepened my belief in this truth: God is faithful.
Sometimes I lay on my pillow at night and can’t shut off my mind. The thoughts running through my brain overwhelm me and I’m consumed with all of life’s responsibilities. Deep depression feels like drowning. It is the worst at night when all I want to do is sleep yet, ironically, I can’t rest because I’m stuck in the cycles of depression and anxiety.
Being in a desert season feels like being stuck in the middle of your feelings. I can often push away the feelings of sadness to do the work in front of me like feeding my kids, doing laundry, and cleaning the kitchen. But deep inside, if I stopped to breathe and reflect, I know tears will eventually pour from my eyes. Have you felt this way before?
Your suffering is real and it hurts, yet God can turn that trial into a situation that strengthens your faith and reveals God’s glory in you (Romans 8:18). The purpose of your suffering may never be known. We may never know why, but we can know Who. We can trust and believe God when He says He is with us in our suffering. Surely the Christ who endured the cross knows about pain and hurt.
Study Romans 8 in my brand new Bible study, Lessons in the Desert: Hope for the Weary and Empty Heart HERE.