When you need help carrying the load
“I have the perfect life, yet I’m still depressed.” Beverly has been struggling. She has that perfect life. A good marriage and a husband that loves her dearly. Two healthy children that excel at everything they do. She’s a work from home mom who makes it look easy to juggle family, work and home life successfully. She had a good childhood and great parents and she’s always been the picture of health.
But getting up in the morning is becoming more and more difficult. A heavy dark depression seems to follow her everywhere. Why can’t she shake the sadness from her heart? She doesn’t understand why she’s so unhappy. She knows she has a great life and feels guilty for not being happy. In the past she’d always found it difficult to understand how people could struggle with depression. Now it seems to be swallowing her up.
Looking at herself in the mirror every morning, she wonders what she has to do to snap out of this funk. What could she possibly do to get her joy back? She’s always been a strong person, the kind that other people always come to when they need support and advice. But she doesn’t have any answers for herself. Surrounded by loved ones, yet feeling so alone.
One evening as they quietly sat together, Beverly’s husband suggested that she talk about how she feels.
“I should be able to figure this out on my own” she said. “I don’t need to talk about it, I don’t even know what to say anyway.”
“You don’t have to go through this alone” he said gently. “This is important. You are important. Let me help you.”
Together they decided to seek professional counselling to help Beverly open up and work through her feelings.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Sometimes we need a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on. Someone that will listen without judgement. Someone who will empathize. We are instructed to carry each other’s burdens in those times that our burden, whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual, is just too heavy for one person to carry.
Lord when I can’t do it on my own, teach me to accept the helping hands you send my way. Thank you for the strength and courage to seek out the help I need. Whether my burden is physical, spiritual or emotional, I will not be too proud or too afraid to accept the care You and my family and friends give me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.