Be happy - final tip

Wow.  22 posts about our journey for joy.  When I began this series, I thought I would list a few things and take maybe a couple of posts to do so.  As I began writing, I had more and more to say.  And many of you were interested enough (and encouraging!) so I kept going.  I think I'm done.  I am sure I haven't covered all there is to say on the topic but I think I've exhausted my expertise.  One final word.

What to do when the darkness will not lift.  When you've tried all these things I've suggested, to the best of your ability.  What then?

Tip # 22 - Wait on the Lord.

The great preacher Charles Spurgeon battled seasons of depression.  He was very transparent about it and this quote is most encouraging-

I often feel very grateful to God that I have undergone fearful depression.  I know the burdens of despair and the horrible brink of that gulf of darkness into which my feet have almost gone. But hundreds of time I have been able to give a helpful grip to brethren and sisters who have come into that same condition, which grip I could never have given if I had not known their despondency.  So I believe that the darkest and most dreadful experience of a child of God will help him to be a fisher of men if he will but follow Christ.

Jesus promises never to leave us nor forsake us - and that includes dark times.  Especially the dark times.  When you feel you are immersed in hopelessness and miserably alone, trust in His Word, which is true-er than your feelings or your circumstances. His plan is to redeem all things for good, even your seasons of despondency.  Cling to Him and just hold on through the storm.  When the sun finally breaks through, you will see that His everlasting arms have been securing you all the time. It was HE who was holding onto you.

Jesus's words to Simon Peter are applicable here.  Luke 22:31,32 "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat.  But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."

Just as He prayed for Simon Peter, Scripture assures us that He is praying for us as well.  Take comfort in that assurance.  Take confidence in the fact that His prayers will most certainly be answered.  And your faith will not fail.  And when you are able to turn to see the light again, so strengthen your sisters.  They need you.