He Keeps Me From Falling
This is the first time I am participating in a Five-Minute Writing Prompt that is featured each week at Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog: “The Gypsy Mom.” Each week Lisa gives a word to write on for five minutes. And you just go for it. Boy! Is that tough for me. No editing. No over thinking. No worrying about writing a perfect post. So here goes!
Go. Several years ago, I went through a pit of depression. The walls were closing in on me from every side. I was under oppression. In that sweet journey back from there, the Lord spoke special words to me from a book by Hannah Hurnard, called “The Hearing Heart.”
“You will never fall that far again.”
With all the fears I still had hanging onto to me, it was one of God’s words I clung to when I felt the anxiety rising, when it felt like I wanted to run but didn’t know where to go, when I felt like this fear and distance from God would crush me.
Those words still bring me comfort almost 30 years later when the waters start to rise again and the fear and anxiety rear their ugly head.
In His word He says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you, he will never let the righteous fall. I need to grab on again.
I struggle with depression fairly often, and one thing I appreciate: even when my faith doesn’t pull me immediately out of it, He is always in it with me. And when I do come out of it, I can always look back and see that grace was there all along. I think some of us are more prone to depression than others, and with varying degrees of severity, but I’m so grateful that no matter how bad it gets the Lord sustains me–as he can for anyone no matter what their trial is, I suppose.
Happy Five Minute Friday!
Janis, Oh my. Yes. When I went through postpartum depression after my twins were born, “cling” was one of my words, too, from Psalm 63: “My soul clings to you; your right hand holds me fast.” Sometimes, I’d just pray that over and over again when the fear and the distance from God (as you so beautifully put it) threatened to overwhelm me.
And I love that God spoke to your soul those words about never falling so far. What a gift! Thank you for sharing it with me. I hope we bump into each other again on a five minute Friday 🙂
I often wondered why our Lord tells us so often in the Bible why we should not worry or be afraid. I think it is because it is because this is the two emotions the enemy uses to cripple us in our walk with our Pappa.
I’m so glad you jumped in and participated in Five Minute Friday. How thankful I am that He upholds me with His righteous right hand. Beautiful …
Blessings and love,