Despair and depression do something to you. The way you think changes. There is a strong tendency to be more self-centered focusing on your issues solely. The nature of depression is interesting. Here’s a quick primer.
According to Web MD, most people feel sad or depressed at times. It’s a normal reaction to loss or life’s struggles. But here’s an interesting fact. When you become overcome with a feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless and it lasts for many days to weeks and keeps you from living your life, it may be something more than sadness.
So many times, when you face those days or weeks of depression, you feel isolated and alone. You might also find yourself saying, “nobody understands.” May I be so bold, as one who fights this disease that Jesus knows and cares. That’s a big statement, but I believe it’s true. In Matthew 9:36 Jesus says some things that encourages me during those difficult days. “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.”
Seeing people for how the REALLY are is something that Jesus does. That brings great comfort to me. Jesus didn’t look past the suffering people. He didn’t concentrate on the beautiful people. No. He look past all the things that might grab at His attention and saw the people. And He sees you. And He sees me.
On those days when you feel all alone, feel like you’re wandering around hurting, suffering and aimless, remember this passage. Jesus isn’t just a shepherd. He’s not just the Good Shepherd. He’s not just THE Shepherd. He’s MY Shepherd. He’s YOUR Shepherd.