The depression lies have been really loud these past few days.
Right now, depression is saying:
- I’m unimportant.
- I’m invisible.
- I’m forgotten.
But Truth Says:
I am important – so much so that Christ died for me.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
I am not invisible – God sees me. (El Roi – the God who sees)
Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.”[Hebrew: El-roi] She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered. (Genesis 16:13-14)
I am not forgotten – I am engraved in the palms of His hands.
Yet Jerusalem[Hebrew: Zion] says, “The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.” “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne. But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:14-16a)
So how to make the truth louder than the lies? Sometimes depression’s voices can drown out the truth. I need to remind myself constantly to see me how God sees me – through Jesus’ sacrifice.
Still working through grief and loneliness. And those things just take time.