With today’s global economy facing the biggest recession yet, there is another depression going on. I know of a lot of people experiencing it, and mental health is no small thing to deal with.
I’ve always been a fan of Hiphop/RnB music, and of the Grammy-winning artist Lecrae when I had already become a Christian. Recently I took notice of a song he has with Tori Kelly that resonated as something I’ve heard of from a lot of people close to me:
“I’m hanging on by a thread
And every breath is like a battle
I feel like I ain’t come prepared
And death’s knocking on the front door
Pain’s creeping through the back
Fear’s crawling through the windows
Waiting for em’ to attack
They say “Don’t get bitter, get better”
I’m working on switching them letters
But tell God I’mma need a whole lotta hope keeping it together
I’m smiling in everyone’s face
I’m crying whenever they leave the room
They don’t know the battle I face
They don’t understand what I’m going through
Incredibly familiar about the stories they tell me.
I may not know all the answers, but I do believe that God is sovereign, He is providential, He has a purpose for everything.
God is sovereign simply means He rules and reigns over all the Earth, preeminent in authority and power.
His providence means He sustains, provides, and governs the world.(John Piper, Providence)
I’m blessed to find my hope and security in Jesus. I wish it was that easy for others. I’m blessed to not trust and put my hope on any human construct. I wish it was that easy for others. I ultimately get my identity from what I know of God as I read by Bible and pray everyday. I wish it was that easy for those suffering from depression, and even so, many would still suffer it.
“But I can’t do this on my own
That’s why I’m just trusting in you
Coz I don’t know where else to go
And I don’t know what else to do”
“Just fight a little longer, my friend
It’s all worth it in the end
But when you’ve got nobody to turn to
Just hold on, and I’ll find you”
(On another note, I really do admire these two excellent Christian artists, Tori Kelly and Lecrae, making waves in the American entertainment industry, that definitely is difficult!)