You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Waiting Out the Storm
I’m sinking beneath this heaviness
The lifeline appears barbed by shame
What point to grab onto something
that will only prolong the pain
It all seems so pointless – so endless
One trial leading into the next
Joylessness smothering my days
and oppressive thoughts filling my head
But I remember well this place
I’ve been here so many times before
And in each instance – God’s rescued me
I just need to wait out the storm.
I was raised in a home that did not involve faith in Christ. When my dad’s health plummeted, because of his maturing bi-polar mental illness, my parents broke up. Thankfully I was being prayed for by people outside my family. Eventually, at age 20, I started to seek God and felt His call on my life. As a newly born-again Christian I prayed for my family. My dad professed faith in Jesus before his death in 1998. I am still praying and waiting for my other relatives to know Christ.
Moodiness is common among creative people. I have struggled off and on with depression since I was a young child. It is not something I strain myself over anymore. Sometimes you just have to do the next thing and wait out the storm. I am blessed in that I do not require medication to manage my moodiness. But I am perfectly willing to use it if I need to in the future.
Because of my family history, I have a tender spot in my heart for the mentally ill. They are courageous people who fight battles (often daily) that the rest of us may never have to face.
I sometimes wonder, of all the battles the Psalmist David fought, if depression was his toughest. Like the shepherd turned king, I turn to the King of Kings for my help in troubled times.
I know that I got kinda personal here… but I just want anyone else who ever struggles to be encouraged that you are not alone, and our God will not leave you like imperfect people tend to do during the difficult times.
My blues motivated me to dig into Oswald Chamber’s devotional as my midday encouragement.
My Utmost for His Highest
was a huge blessing to me this summer. I’ll have more to share about this at a later date.
Rescue Blessings ~ Wendy
It’s nice to be back on this blog. I am posting again on
I hope your summer has been restful and refreshing for you thus far.
I was thinking of you today, in fact, so it is great to read one of your posts this evening.
I too have learned the wisdom of waiting out a storm. *He* is always with me and waiting for me at the other side.
Our summer has been a challenging one emotionally, especially for L, since we moved about a month ago. He actually used the word “depressed” this morning, and though he doesn’t know the true depths of this struggle, I know there’s a lot going on in his heart. V and I have been trying to listen, love, and point him to God even more than he already is.
I look forward to being in touch again through our blogs. Blessings–Alison
Alison, moving is one of the top stresses we can go through. It is wonderful that your children have parents that turn to God’s strength and thus teach by example.
I can understand how your son might feel. The days leading up to our last move I cried on my pillow at night. It was my way of saying goodbye to the home we’d lived in for 18 yrs. Even though it was a good idea to move, I still needed to grieve.
Please give your son an extra hug on my behalf.
Thank you for your visit and kind words.
I love delivering hugs to L.–that blesses me, too! Grieving is a good way to describe it. I am feeling happiness and grief at the same time!
That sounds familiar…
I understand, me too…love u sis ❤
Gentle hugs to you, Diana. xo
Glad you are back! Lovely pictures and words. Thanks for the honest sharing.
Thank you. I am always refreshed by others honesty and have admired it – my turn to bite the bullet.
I pray with you that those struggling in a similar way will receive encouragement.
Thank you! 🙂
Glad you’re back! God’s best to you, dear sister.
Thank you, Von. I managed to get a copy of “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23” by Phillip Keller that you had mentioned (for $.50)
It’s nice to have you back Wendy. I was starting to wonder where you disappeared off to. And I have a soft spot in my heart for mental illness and depression too because I have had very close people in my life battle with both. Going through hard seasons in life
really does make us draw closer to God and depend on Him to get us through.
He is the “God of all comfort” and we are wise to stick close to him. It’s never God that moves away – just us. 🙂