I've had many low points in my life, as I'm sure you have as well, but what truly brought this thought in mind was a talk I recently attended, where the speaker recalled the loss of her husband. During this time of absolute desolation and a large degree of isolation (due to the fact she was in a foreign country) she cried out to God and said, ‘What I really need is a hug.’ which God provided. The way she told the story it felt like the hug was barely over when she sat down and said, ‘Lord, what I really need is a word from you.’ And isn't that the way it always is. We cry out to God saying this is what I need, and he provides, yet we’re not satisfied – because there is nothing that will satisfy. The truth is that there are times when we experience pain and there is nothing to do but to experience pain.
In my own life I have battled depression. There is a family history of depression and I recognize that I have a way of thinking that contributes to it, as well. What broke the hold of depression in my life was when medication helped me to come out of a particularly bad place. There was a confidence that I gained from the assurance that I didn't have to sink to the bottom, that there was help available when it got too bad.
Throughout the Bible God keeps telling us how He is our rock, He is our provision, He is our healer, He is our guarantee that we will never reach the bottom. If only I had grasped this truth before I went to drugs for help. If only we would grasp this truth for every pain and difficulty that comes into our lives, what amazing assurance we would have, what victory would be ours!
*Mark 15:34 NIV
And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).