God Never Wastes A Hurt

This past weekend I spent time watching videos by Chonda Pierce  – she is the Queen of Clean and rated as the top funny woman… and she is hilarious… she takes everyday life and adds a comedic twist to it.

She is also an advocate for mental health issues and is very open about her own dark days… on how she too did not want to live anymore and spent time in the hospital… Yes, I put too… I have battled suicidal thoughts off and on for 2 years… at times they are very strong and I have been hospitalized or spent time in a community program going through medication adjustments…

Being a Christian with mental health issues often equates to many people a lack of faith – which is FAR from the truth. I have an illness – a chemical imbalance in my brain. I have MORE faith 2 years later than I did when I first started on this journey and yet suicidal thoughts were rampant during my last hospital stay. I’ll paraphrase something Chonda said – me having a lack of faith that God can heal me, and I know He totally can, is like saying to someone who wears glasses – take them off and drive home! Have faith!! Does that put it in a better perspective?

Having depression – suicidal thoughts – mental health issues is not always a spiritual issue… sometimes it IS and you are wrestling with God and He isn’t giving you rest until you finally make peace with that issue… but sometime there are not any issues you are having with God or your spouse or your children or your family or friends and yet you are still down… that’s depression – you might need to go talk to someone and that might be all you need… and sometimes that still isn’t enough… your brain chemistry is wrong – and you NEED medication… just like a diabetic needs insulin…

Chonda tells people – I am clinically depressed – I have a chemical imbalance in my body and I am highly medicated for it!

Prayer is not always an instant fix. Only God has the fix and it’s on His timeline. Maybe God is using a depressed person to be a light to others – for that person to understand their humanity – God works in mysterious ways…

Every time I have been hospitalized or in the community facility I have made contact with people who have needed to hear that God is still there… That God hasn’t forgotten them – or had turned His back on them… that He is not punishing them…

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we are covered by a giant “nothing will ever hurt me” umbrella. Look at Peter and Silas – locked in a jail… ministering…

Who can minister to a someone who is battling cancer better – someone who is never sick – or someone who has battled or is battling cancer?

Who can give comfort regarding the loss of a child or the loss of a spouse?

Does this mean the God is punishing us? No – God doesn’t punish – but God will take that hurt and turn it into good… God never wastes a hurt…

My life verse:  What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us.