Compassionate Love Blog: Displaying compassion for those who fight mental illness, addiction, and abuse (c)2018 Nancy Virden, Always the Fight Ministries
When I speak of hope, my intention is to reach those who have trouble believing in it. Lately, absence of old thinking patterns draws me to gratitude. The daily barrage of self-doubt and nearly constant guilt are gone. I’m 57 years old! To think this freedom escaped me until recent years could be sad. However, I spend zero time in the past. How precious is the gift of joy now!
“Who, me?” Turning to see whom Jesus was inviting to come closer, I realized he was beckoning to me. Surrounded by a mass of people spreading over green hills and mountains, he sat on table rock, holding children on his lap.
In reality, I was twenty-four years old. In this dream I was five. It was nearly impossible to comprehend he would choose me out of this crowd. Hesitantly I walked toward him, uncertain he would not change his mind.
His eyes were welcoming, piercing straight into my hurting heart. Crawling up on his lap, suddenly I was able to understand that he was holding every individual assembled there simultaneously, loving each equally with all his being.
What a peaceful wonder on which to focus.
God’s love in action
Once, I tried to describe to a pastor the daily dread and hopelessness I felt. “I feel like I am standing in the middle of the road, a semi-truck barreling down on me, and my only escape is to jump aside. Lining the side of the road are snarling dogs, hungrily watching my every move. God is above, waiting to see what choice I will make.”
“Nancy, where you are wrong is that God has jumped in front of that truck with you and is going to carry you to safety,” he said.
Considering my suicide attempt six years later, it may appear that God forgot to rescue me from the truck. However, sometimes it is in the deepest pits we learn our most meaningful lessons.
Today I know joy. Today I know peace. The love of Jesus’ embrace gives me rest.
This hope is what I want to share with those who struggle to believe it exists. It is real.
Today’s Helpful Word
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
***** COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOME
NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental and behavioral health challenges. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. (for international emergency numbers, go here ), or go to your nearest emergency room. Do not be alone. Hope and help are yours.
*blue sky by TACLUDA ; yellow sky by mzacha on rgbstock.com