Tuesday, 15 September 2009

He saved me from a lion


I was reading the story of Daniel and the lions to my Boy Warriors this morning and was struck by King Darius's decree to the whole world after he discovered Daniel alive.

Daniel 6:26-27 (New Century Version)
I am making a new law for people in every part of my kingdom. All of you must fear and respect the God of Daniel. Daniel's God is the living God; he lives forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. God rescues and saves people and does mighty miracles in heaven and on earth. He is the one who saved Daniel from the power of the lions.



King Darius, recognised that Daniel's God saved Daniel from the lions. And I thought about my own journey out of depression and my own lion that was roaring around me for years, seeking to devour me. For many years, I resigned myself to the fact that I would have depression for the rest of my life. I acknowledged that it was a part of me, and I would just have to manage it.

I saw the similarities to taming a lion, to managing my depression. Some people have tamed lions successfully, but all who work with lions recognise the fact that even the most tame beasts are wild at heart and could turn on you at any moment. So it is if you try to manage depression.

Knowing that we are made up of 3 parts - soul (emotions/mind), body (physical), and spirit, I worked on all 3 areas. I sought to change my stressful environment into a manageable organised one. I worked on recognising negative thought patterns and changed them to positive ones. I researched about health and made drastic changes to help my body function as it was designed to by eating correctly. And I started reading the Word of God, acknowledging it as the truth and believing what it says. I prayed and my faith increased. My real breakthrough came though when I surrendered to Jesus and said, "save me!" When I did this, He came for me and rescued me from my lion.

I continue to regularly keep my thought patterns in check, I continue to eat healthy, and I continue to read His Word and pray. Knowing that these things are vital to a fruitful life. But, it is not because I did these things that I was healed of my depression. It was because Jesus saved me from my depression. I cannot boast that it is because of what I did. It is because He came.

Still taking lessons from the King,





3 comments:

  1. That is such a great post. I have a history of depression and it is one that takes faith to step through. All praise be to God.

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  2. I have been battling severe depression.. please pray..thank you, bonnie

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