I have felt emotionally weak for some time now. I have been trying to pull myself up by my boot straps, but I haven’t been able to do it. Life has been hitting me with sick family members, my last child going off to college, and moving, just to name a few. I was embarrassed that I couldn’t pull it all together to be the happy, stable, focused person I had once been. Unfortunately, we live in a society where seeking help is often frowned upon and stigmatized. Fortunately, we are loved by a God who shows us community, fellowship, and support are fundamental needs.
Romans 15:1 says, “We who are strong ought to bear with the failing of the weak and not to please ourselves.”
Thessalonians 5:11 reminds us to “Encourage one another and build each other up.” Deuteronomy 31:8 encourages by reminding us that “It is the Lord, who goes before you. He will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
In the last few months I have been blessed to have asked for medical help, spiritual help, work help, and for respite. With Pearls of Promise, I have leaned heavily on my peers to help with the work load as I was healing, and I was able to travel to a friend’s house to fellowship and rest.
The lie the enemy wants to feed us is that we are weak if we need help. We should be able to handle life alone. If we can’t, then we are failures. Depression, anxiety, physical pain, and life altering changes are all to be endured alone. These are all lies. While we live our lives independently, it is important to remember the community that our Father has created for us. Lean on one another, bear each other’s burdens, and love one another.
My prayer for you all is that your reach out. Seek community. Seek help. There will be some who reject you, but the Father never will. He will provide people to come alongside of you and walk with you in this world. Keep seeking. Keep seeking HIM.