through His Word
The water was a brilliant blue and green. On my birthday this year, I visited my first New England beach. If you know me well, you know I love the beach. I even collect sand. Right now, my desk is littered with jars of sand, needing to find a permanent home. Every beach I remember visiting (I got started young) has made a home in my heart.
When my family discovered Nahant Beach outside Boston, I didn’t know I was going to discover the prettiest water that I remember seeing. The shallow water danced under the sun with a magical green tint, and as the shoal grew in depth, the water grew to a postcard-worthy blue. Gorgeous. It wasn’t until later that I realized I needed help seeing the brilliant colors of the water.
When I took off my sunglasses for a few minutes and glanced at the water, I saw how “normal” the water looked—blue with only a touch of green visible. When I put my sunglasses back on, I could see the beauty again. The glasses cut out the sun’s glare, and the brown tint enhanced the gorgeous color of the water. Without help, the colors were masked to my eyes, but with my sunglasses, I could see the fullness of the beauty before me.
As we walk through life, we can appreciate the beauty and goodness around us—God’s creation, the fellowship of family and friends, the activities at church, and the accomplishments at work or at home. But heartaches, trials, and spiritual harassment can diminish the color we see in life. What is truly beautiful begins to appear “normal,” and the colorful shades of daily life become darkened. The weight of life’s burdens can grow to the point that we become depressed, and the beauty that we once appreciated becomes masked.
We need God’s “glasses.” To overcome depression, we need to see life—with its burdens and trials—from His perspective. We need to see life as God does, with its beauty and good things. Our spiritual enemy wants us to focus on our problems and what we don’t have. God wants us to focus on Him and have faith that He will help us and provide for us. When we view life from God’s perspective, we can once again see the beauty that He has put in our lives, and we can remember all the good things that give us joy and strength.
So are you wearing God’s Son-glasses today? If you’re going through some spiritual depression right now, search His Word for good promises that you can hold on to, and ask the Lord to help you to see your life from His vantage point. What good is God working in your life? How do your family and friends bless you? What good gifts has God given? How can you give what’s good to others? When we shift our focus from burdens to God, we have reason to flourish in joy, and we have motivation to share the goodness of God with others. He makes life beautiful and worth living.
Do you think seeing life from God’s perspective would help someone overcome depression? Please share your thoughts in the comments below, and if you do, thank you in advance for sharing insights into how to overcome this difficult bondage. Many people battle spiritual depression, but God is great enough to help us overcome it.
© Copyright 2016 by Katy Kauffman
This post is the first one in our Breaking the Chains series to address the bondage of depression. Because this subject and the spiritual, mental, and emotional battle that go with it are precious topics to me, I want to take some time to offer encouragement and steps to overcoming depression. Look for more on this topic this summer.
Seven writers. Twelve past posts. Check out these posts in our Breaking the Chains series:
depression, hope, the right perspective, God’s perspective, Breaking the Chains: One Way to Overcome Depression