“God does not use us in the lives of other people because we do some things, but rather because we are something. People do not long to be around one who does a lot of things as much as they want to be around one who is what they admire. It is greatness of character and a life with depth that earns the respect of others. Those who have been honed and buffeted, bruised and melted in the furnace of affliction, and then emerge with emotional stability and inner strength – they are the ones who have a ministry in the lives of others. Their weakness is like a magnet….for when we are weak, He is strong” (Chuck Swindoll)
Too many count their depression as wasteful times in life, when in fact if they use them as a time to be refined, they can then be used in the life of another. Depression left alone and allowed to wallow in the dust just turns to dust. But depression brought into the light, allowed to be winnowed by the threshing spade will be useful in God’s kingdom.
The best way to winnow depression and allow it to be used for God’s glory is to bring our words to the Lord in prayer. The best therapy session where one can experience freedom is when they talk (use their words) with the counselor. The best counselor to speak to is our God! He’s free! He ranks higher than a five-star rating. He is the best and no one can even measure to His ability.
In addition, did you know that our words are an offering before our God, just as any other sacrifice? Indeed, look at what Hosea says, “…take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips” (Hosea 14:1-2). “That we may offer the fruit of our lips” is an offering of prayer. Prayers are like the incense offering the Priests made on behalf of the people. Because of Christ, we don’t need a Priest to bring our words to the Lord, we can bring them ourselves!
“What a glory it is to bring our words to you, Lord! What a beautiful gift to winnow the darkness of our souls in the cave of deep prayer. You listen to us, you love us, you understand us and if we have sinned, your forgiveness is in abundance for us to receive. Thank you for being the Wonderful Counselor in our lives! In Jesus Name, Amen!”