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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Blue (10/08/09)

TITLE: It's Not a Sin To Be Blue
By Lisa Johnson


It’s Not a Sin to Be Blue

I have been a Christian since I was seventeen years old. I have never doubted my salvation, and I have never lost my faith. The promises of God have been my life-line through many trying circumstances. That being said, I have to be painfully honest and admit to being diagnosed several years ago with clinical depression.

I had the “blues”… and I had them really bad. Far worse than the “baby blues” that I had experienced after my children were born, I became totally incapacitated. The dichotomy was the knowledge that God is in control, and as His child I was supposed to be full of joy, but I was being overwhelmed by a tremendous and inexplicable sadness.

The more I tried to tell myself that my “blue” funk was irrational, the deeper I seemed to sink into the “blueness” of it. It did not help to have well-meaning, fellow Christians tell me that I could escape my “blues” if I had more faith, or if I prayed more, or read my Bible more. They did not comprehend that holding on to my faith, as tightly as I could during those “blue” days, was the only thing keeping me from going under completely.

Thank God, He led me to a physician who believed in the “Great Physician.” He had the unique perspective that allowed him to treat the physical aspect of my depression and, at the same time, give me the spiritual support that I so desperately needed. He helped me understand that being “blue” was not a sin, by showing me the healing love of Jesus.

It was a long climb out of the blue depths of my depression back into the joy of God’s light. Certain truths became the life-lines I clung to throughout my journey. My Savior, Jesus, understands my feelings and my fears.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 NIV

The tears that came all too easy… the tears that shamed me are precious in the sight of our Father, God. He saves the tears of His saints in heavenly bottles, and treasures each and every one.

“You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?” Psalm 56:8 NAS

I had a dream that I was in Heaven. I was standing on the shore of a beautiful, crystal blue sea. It was so calm and peaceful there, and it filled my soul with joy. I heard a gentle voice speak to my spirit.

“These are the tears that you cried when you felt so blue. I have saved each one, like a precious sapphire. From this supply, I will provide showers of blessings, so that your joy will be made full. Being blue is not a sin, my child… it is part of the journey… ‘weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.’” Psalm 30:5b NIV

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Anita van der Elst10/17/09
Thank you for sharing your personal blue story. Been there but doubt I could've expressed it as simply & eloquently as you have. Good job.
mick dawson10/18/09
Thanks for that, I understand what it is to be totally and utterly incpacitated with depression. I also know what it is to feel that there's something wrong with your life to make you feel that way. I can only praise God that He has given you an answer to your problem.
Shilo Goodson10/21/09
Thank you for this story. It is a sad thing when people make you feel worse about depression. Unless someone has experienced it, they can not begin to understand. It's horrible when people think they are "helping" by telling you to get over it, but the person only makes you feel worse.
c clemons10/22/09
I am glad that you were led to the right physician to help you get thru your valley. Being Christian does not exclude us from valleys. But being equipped with God's word certainly will help. Remember the shadows have no substance, the enemy uses smoke and and mirrors trying to trip us up. Psalm 23.
Danielle King 10/22/09
You've described the despair and hopelessness of depression really well. If this is a personal experience you're relating, and I think it must be, it comes from the heart, then I admire you for being so open and honest. This article, with it's message of hope and recovery will be a blessing to anyone in the grip of a depressive illness.