Surviving the Blues: Hope for Desolate Days, part two

Renee Ann Smith —  January 7, 2013 — 17 Comments

It doesn’t seem to matter if we’re single or married, going through a rough patch or living an uneventful life, there are times when the blues seep into our souls like a cold rain on a chill winter’s day. What does God expect of us when failure, monotony, boredom, pain, uncertainty, grief, despair, or depression color our days?

These words from C. S. Lewis give us some perspective “[Satan’s] cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do [God’s] will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”

Can you think of some folks who looked out on such a universe? From the Bible—Joseph, any of the Hebrews in Egypt, including Jochebed, (Moses’ mother), Job, Naomi, Daniel, Mary, Jesus. From history—Corrie ten Boom, Darlene Deibler Rose, Elisabeth Elliott, Joni Eareckson Tada . . . and those are just the first names that popped into my head!

Imagine God looking out at a world in shadow, a world plagued by shallowness, corruption, and many other evils. In the midst of the darkness, He sees your light shining—in spite of difficult or boring or downright painful days. Imagine how He feels when we say with our actions, “Though the wait is wearying and the darkness hides You and joy seems like a distant memory, I will still love you, Lord.” (Click here to tweet.)

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And just as spring always follows even the bleakest winter, we can be assured that, eventually, our feelings will catch up with those actions.

I’m drawn to the stories where the hero woos the heroine and refuses to give up. When he pushes past her fears, doubts, prickliness, fickleness, stubbornness, and whatever else she throws in his way, to love her and win her love. Love that “bears all things” is the love God shares with us. How it must delight Him when we are able to direct a tiny portion of that love back to Him.

So, friends, though Satan and the world try to sever our grip, we must cling to our Savior.

How? Here are a few ideas . . .

  • Get help. Find a counselor, accountability group, or fellowship group.
  • Start something new. Begin a challenge or project that intrigues you.
  • Seek inspiration. Join a Bible study. Read a missionary biography. Tape inspirational verses and quotes around your house or work space.
  • Reach out. Serving others will fill up your heart.
  • Take every thought captive to Christ.
  • Pray without ceasing.
  • Give thanks.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and wake with the knowledge that you are not alone!

Who has some words of wisdom, advice, or encouragement to share? We’d love to hear from you. I promise to pray for anyone who leaves a comment!

You may also be interested in Hope for Desolate Days, part one.

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Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

17 responses to Surviving the Blues: Hope for Desolate Days, part two

  1. I would add Spurgeon to the list as well. I like how you point out the way our faithfulness, despite the dark days, is an attack against Satan’s plan for us. And yes, the sun always returns after the darkest storms. So true.

  2. Obedience. That’s where faith comes in and helps us know what we are doing is right. We might not feel like it or want to, but our small daily actions of faith are pleasing to our heavenly father.

  3. Thanks for linking up, Regina! And the reminder that we are not alone! 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by, Rachel. I think I must’ve linked up a while back but appreciate the visit on this post. I don’t know if you remember, but we were on Mary DeMuth’s launch team together. Love your blog. Blessings!

  4. Good tips! Prayer is my go-to action when I have bad day! 🙂

  5. Excellent post. Always a good reminder that when the world is hard, that’s when we need prayer the most.

  6. Renee, absolutely love the C.S. Lewis quote — that’s a keeper, like all of his. He should write a book. ha! But seriously, I am comforted that “greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.” I read the end of the book — we win! Blessings to you today.

  7. My best (female) friend has been battling depression for over 10 years. It’s a constant struggle, yet every morning she gets out of bed. Again. She showers. Again. She exercises. Again. And sometimes that’s all she has strength for … She does reach out for a word of encouragement from friends, and says that makes a difference. Sometimes, as a friend, all we can say is “I’m here for you.” And then pray for her. Again. I would love it if you would join me in prayer for Donna. Thank you.

  8. Encouraging words, Renee. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Your quotes really bring your writing alive. This was an encouraging post in the middle of January when life can look bleak and dreary. Thank you for leaving your readers with some cheeriness. Your ideas to bread the doldrums sounds great, especially reaching out to others. Thinking of others always gets your mind off yourself, half the reason for being depressed. I like putting on some music to cheer me up when I need it. Thanks for linking up with me over at WholeHearted Home last week.

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