He Sees Your Suffering
Updated: Mar 29
COVID-19 has came and brought her wrath upon us and basically inconvenienced the whole Earth.
Yes, I'm pressed about it, too. I feel y'all, I really do.
Everyone's emotions are heightened right now due to our situations - and all of our situations can be equally difficult.
There are students who are forced to return home to a toxic environment that they enrolled in college to get away from.
There are workers who are suddenly not workers anymore, and are trying to find out how to make ends meet without their job.
There are students who don't have access to technology to participate in remote schooling.
There are parents who are essential workers who suddenly have to find help watching their kids due to school closings - and worry about risking contracting COVID-19 and bringing it home to their families.
And there are those who have lost their lives to this terrible virus.
I see all of you and know that we're all in this together. There's no set "reason" for this. We can't place the blame on anyone because it just is what it is now. And these emotions over what we're all experiencing can allow us to fall into what I call a "rut" or depression.
But, God sees us through all of these emotions. Depressed literally means to be "pressed down" or to have emotions so heavy, they feel like they're "pressing down" on you. But our depression always stems from something. In this case, we may feel depressed because our lives have suddenly changed completely without warning or a gradual adjustment.
But God says that it's okay to feel these emotions. Emotions are God-given, spontaneous responses to the events that go on in our lives. But, the problem begins when we get into our minds and our thoughts hold onto the emotion for longer than it needs to. We have to look at emotions as caution signs that we need to re-examine the way that we're thinking. As well as re-examining our thinking, we have to identify our emotions in order to deal with them.
When we identify this rut that we're in, we're giving ourselves a little of that power back. We're saying, "This is how I feel and now, I can go from there" and that is enough with God. He wants us to live our lives by being Christ-like, and He would want us to work through our emotions and call on Him for help. When we call on God, He smiles because we are showing that we know who to call on when times are hard. He is an ever-present God with an unfailing love, He will never leave you nor forsake you.
One of my favorite books in the Bible to read when I'm in a rut is the book of Psalm. Psalm is like a guidebook of how to call on God, and all the ways that He moves mountains to be there for you. In these times where we feel stuck, isolated, and maybe even a little lonely, it's important to go back to the Bible and remember the ways that God provides for us, even in the midst of some of our most treacherous storms:
1. "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer... in whom I take refuge, my shield and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold." - Psalm 18:2
Know that during this time, we can lean on God because He loves us and wants to be there for us. He will fight battles for you that you won't even know were being fought.
2. "He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, who were too strong for me. They confronted me... but the Lord was my support." - Psalm 18: 16-18
I love this verse because I interpret it to mean that God will save us from our distresses. When I'm depressed, I feel like I'm drowning. I feel like I keep trying to swim to the surface but no matter how hard I try, I can't reach it. But reading this gives me comfort that God will pull me out of my depression every time. Even when I feel like it's too hard for me, it's never too hard for God.
3. "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
- Psalm 73:26
I have to remind myself to be patient while God works on me. When my coping mechanisms seem to fail me at times or my mind won't let me rest, I have to repeat this verse to myself and read it over again. He will provide for me. He will fight for me. He hasn't left my side - even when I feel alone. Be patient while God works on you. Developing our patience with Him and He with us strengthens our relationship with Him, as patience is a virtue of true love (1 Corinthians 13:4,7).
I'm a firm believer in "faith without works is dead", so below, I have a few options to use alongside prayer and the tips above for coping with depression:
1. Journaling - helps identify emotions and work through them
2. New hobbies - painting, drawing, playing video games. etc.
3. Sleeping - seriously, there is no law saying you have to move around and do something all the time. Get some sleep.
4. Read your Bible - most of the time, the answers you need are all in this book
5. Talk to a therapist or friend - it's always good to have a healthy outlet.
God sees our suffering and knows our hearts. Just as God delivered us before, through countless sicknesses and hardships, He will deliver us again and again through His unfailing love.