9. Feeling distant from God can help you connect with others in your situation.
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“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
When l first got diagnosed with burnout and depression, l was optimistic that with a bit of rest and a change of lifestyle, the Great Healer would make me whole. However, as the months went by, it became obvious that my convalescence was going to take longer than l thought.
Three years later, I sit in church and hear regular praise reports of people who have been healed from depression. So I still ask God sometimes: why can’t I be one of those people whom He miraculously heals? I start to criticize and question myself: is my faith strong enough to warrant a divinely-appointed recovery?
However, God works in mysterious ways. He has been using my infirmity to reach out and be a comfort to others who are also waiting on God for their healing – either through my writing as a blogger and writer or in my daily interactions with people. In return, these wonderful people comfort and encourage me in my faith. l feel truly blessed that they are in my life.
I’m not saying that if l had the chance at a do-over that l would choose to be sick again. Nor am l saying that l would voluntarily choose to go through those feelings of doubting God’s presence and enduring self-chastisement again.
However, if l hadn’t gone through all of that, l wouldn’t have been able to connect with the people who have enriched my life, and l theirs.
God doesn’t reserve His presence only for good moments; God is always near—in your valleys and on your mountain tops.
When you start to doubt this, you need to hold onto God’s promises that He reveals in the Bible—that He loves you and will never leave you and that He will fulfill His purpose over your life with His perfect timing for your good.
God never goes back on His Word.
Madeline Twooney is a Christian writer and blogger. She has written articles for SheLoves, Converge, and Ruminate Magazine and is a contributing writer for YMI Magazine. In her spare time, Madeline gets creative as a freelance Special Effects Makeup artist, and she dances to Sister Sledge whilst cooking. Madeline is British but lives in Germany with her husband and their one-eared pussycat. You can contact Madeline at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet her at @MTwooney.
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