“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands” ~ Deuteronomy 8:2

When you are going through a depressed and anxious state of mind, everything around you seems to take on some sort of grayness. You become numb and unaware of all that is around you, no matter how hard you try not to. The days are mostly cloudy even when the sun is shining. There’s always a feeling of a storm looming ahead even when there are no black clouds as far as the eye can see. If you have been there, you understand. It’s a scary, lonely place to be.

But the good news is, when you start to come back to yourself and trust in God, you are so much more appreciative of the things in your life. It’s like an awakening. I think God sometimes uses these states of mind to do just that. This has happened to me a lot lately. The freshly mowed grass seems to smell a bit sweeter. The sun on my face is warmer and brighter. A laugh that comes deep from inside my stomach awakens muscles I haven’t used in a while.I catch myself grooving to a tune on Pandora that I haven’t heard in a while. The light at the end of the tunnel gets a little brighter. I fall in love with the people in my life all over again and with God.

I feel that we all fall into a rut many times in our lives. We often need an awakening to bring us back to where we need to be. God uses something uncomfortable to open our eyes to this. As Joel Osteen likes to put it, God uses a setback as a setup for greater things.

Even if you aren’t experiencing anything like depression or anxiety, you can still find ways to be more in tune with your surroundings, more involved in your relationships and more in touch with God.


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