Thrive. Not Just Survive. #3

I was a wreck.stuck like glue

Anxiety and depression had overtaken me for several years.

It was like a heavy darkness that had settled on my fears. And I couldn’t function–couldn’t move.

Then cancer struck our family.

Not many, but a few have told me that God chooses some to endure such suffering because He knows they can handle it. Because they are strong enough.

I’m not sure about that. I know me.

Get this: a man riddled with anxiety and depression has a daughter. His daughter is diagnosed with a rare cancer.

Does this sound like someone who is capable of handling this suffering? I don’t think so, either.

But what God did next was remarkable.

He brought me to a place where I had to process the causes of my anxiety and depression.

He brought me to a place where, at the core of my being, I realized that He is truly the almighty God–with all the attributes He told us in His Word. This truth filled my mind and influenced my heart. And, for me, the suffering made that happen.

It transformed me. Dwelling on who God is and His truth is enabling me to thrive.

Just like Psalm 1 says:

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

My leaf used to wither from the negativity of ungodliness. Now I’m more like that tree planted by the rivers of water.

The difference is simply the object of my trust.

I used to trust in my abilities, my capability of accomplishment, and other things to bring me satisfaction, security, and significance. However, these objects all have a warning label on them: These have not been proven to provide mental, emotional, or spiritual health.

They definitely do not rid someone of anxiety and depression.

Here’s what I’m learning instead: When the soul of a mere human humbly trusts in the God of the universe, a heavy fear settles on the darkness.

I still experience pain and sadness, but I do not experience anxiety or depression. I’m no longer overcome with these things.

Simple trust in God enables us to thrive, not just survive.

Trust in His…

  • promises.
  • Word.
  • character.
  • faithfulness.

Trust. And then thrive!


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