To Be Planted in Perfect Peace
This week Ricki Lake lost her ex-husband to bi-polar disorder. In a statement to the press, she said that at least he was finally at peace. I was taken aback by this statement because so many people say it about loved ones who suffer from mental illness when they die, even if they take their own lives.
It knocks the wind out of me because I know what it is like to feel that death is the only way to peace. I lived with the deep-seated ache of depression from childhood. You blame yourself for being so different and that anger gets directed at you more than the world you want so desperately to fit into. And while I was not bi-polar, the depression and anxiety that plagued me created its own kind of rollercoaster for me.
But I was immensely blessed to meet Jesus Christ right out of college. I know that if that had not happened, I would likely be dead by now. But in Christ Jesus I found the peace I ached for, I would have died for but ironically, I did have to die. I died to the world, to my old life, to depression and was born again in Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
If you are tormented by mental illness or addiction, natural death is not your only option to finally get peace. In fact, there is no guarantee you will have peace in death because those who die outside of Christ will suffer for eternity.
“And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
You can have peace right now, no matter where you are, no matter what is afflicting you. If you just make Jesus the Lord of your life like I did, you do not have to be tormented by depression or addiction or any mental illness. You can be healed and delivered from the tormentors right now on this side of glory!
I took meds, went to therapists, moved to the big city, and took up hobbies. I tried all these things to find peace not knowing when I tried them whether they would work. So take that same chance with God. Give the One who made you a chance to plant you in perfect peace. It happened for me so I know it can happen for you if you just try it! Be blessed!
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