“All things bright and beautiful; all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.”
A familiar church hymn
I had to take a moment today to interrupt my Faithful Strides posts to bid a very sad goodbye to a wonderful comedian and talented actor, Robin Williams. It’s tough to hear such a story because you wish that you as one single individual could have said or done something to help him. Something that could have spoken to him before he decided to take his own life which would have made him stop, turn around, and believe for a better tomorrow. I always try to tell my boys, if ever, EVER you should feel like taking your own life is the only answer wait, because you never know what miracle could be awaiting you in the very next moment. My heart goes out to the family, friends, and loved ones who were close to Robin Williams, may they know and understand that so many of us all around the world mourn your loss with you. Depression is an honest and true illness that isn’t so easy to overcome, I know because I have dealt with it myself and I have seen and supported friends who have also dealt with it. If you are like me you want to lead people to Christ and rest assured that in Christ they can overcome their depression, and that can be done. God wants only the best for us all. He wants us to be happy and to live a joyful and peaceful life in Him, the devil, however, is always just behind us stealing the peace and joy that God has so freely given us and the truth is that for some, it is hard to see the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. It is hard to believe for a better next moment when so many other moments have not seemed any better. As a Christian woman I send up my own personal thoughts and prayers for the family, friends, and loved ones who Robin Williams left behind to grieve him. I pray that God will heal their aching hearts, that He will speak peace and joy into their lives, and that He will restore them and bring them true hope for their future. Today, the world mourns the loss of a great comedic actor who’s talent has made so many laugh themselves to the point of tears. Today, I get to share my own personal story of how his comedy, ironically enough, helped begin to heal me when I was also in the midst of a deep depression. I was newly, once more, a single mom following the very nasty and hurtful end of my relationship with my youngest son’s father. I had spent months in a very deep depression because of that spending my days writing a story I had simply come up with, my only source of nutrition were the little miniature sized Reese cups which I’d eat two or three whenever my stomach rumbled which as the days marched on happened less and less, consequently I went from a size 8 at the time down to a size 4, I usually ended my day with a “drink” or two after the kids were tucked into bed at which time I would continue my writing. One night, following a particularly rough day, I was in my bed, both of my boys had by then crawled into my bed as well and were sound asleep, and I was exhausted and sad from all of the crying I had done that day. I looked up at the television that was in my bedroom and saw that Robin Williams was on doing a stand up routine. I hadn’t seen this before so I unmuted the television and began to listen. At first I giggled here and there, but as he went on with his routine, I began to laugh, genuine, belly filled laughter which I hadn’t done in a very long time and I can remember thinking to myself that if I could laugh even after the emotional day that I’d had then I was certainly on my way to healing, and that very night, watching Robin Williams and laughing as I did was, for me, a big first step towards my very own healing. Thank you Robin for the years of laughter and for the amazing talent that you so freely gave to us all. God gave you to us but for a short period of time yet in that time you managed to touch so many people who you never even knew you’d touched, May God bless you and may you rest in His loving presence from here on.
If you or someone you know has been battling depression, realize that it is a genuine and honest illness and that treatment can help. Pray for God to lead you to the healing and helping hands which can help you or that someone you know to battle this illness. God created us in His own image, but He knows better than anyone that we are flawed and hurting individuals and that we need Him far more that we may ever fully express. Let God’s love heal you, let Jesus walk with you in this tough journey, and let those around you who love you help you to find healing and hope for your life. Don’t wait, if you are depressed, reach out to someone today and take the first steps toward the better life that God has in store for you. How can you know that God has a better life in store for you, He already told you so in Jeremiah 29:11. Let that passage be the first of many which help lead you to finding your way out of your depression.