Today I went to the doctor to have my knee X-rayed. I should be delighted that it is nothing more than a sprain. The doc mentioned that my knee was practically arthritis free, there were no breaks and it was much healthier than knees of those much younger than me. I should’ve be elated by that – but much like Eeyore – I felt that dark cloud hanging over my head.
When we aren’t feeling well, our emotions seem to take on a life of their own and everything becomes intensified. Little things become huge. Our minds play tricks on us. We imagine things that simply aren’t so. When we get a good report, we think something else is wrong with us. We feel like hypochondriacs. At least this is the case for this Eeyore.
I feel guilty for putting others out. I feel like a burden. All the lies that Satan would have us believe come at us like a Brinks truck – crushing us, pushing us over the edge and into a pit of despair. This sort of thinking shouldn’t be a mindset for one who is considered an encourager. However, it seems to me, there are times when an encourager needs encouragement as well. Sadness, depression, anxiety are emotions that affect every one of us.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Such beautiful words of comfort – straight from the mouth of Jesus. He was prophesying His own death at this time, but gave His disciples the assurance that His peace would remain. Our world is filled with sickness, death, desperation, depression, sadness and all the other junk that Jesus carried to the cross and died for. There is no longer a reason for us to suffer, because He has done it for us.
Still, we are human beings, living in that sin sick world. We are imperfect. We’re subject to things that bring us down – worry us – cause us to falter. The simple answer is to follow His lead and let our hearts not be troubled nor afraid. Seems so easy, doesn’t it?
We’ve not been promised a life of perfection here on earth. That is the life we’ll enjoy after our death. In the meantime we are to be in the world, but not of it. Do not be affected by the things of the world. Do not succumb to the lies. Do not give up. Throw away the black clouds and walk in the light. Our day is coming soon.