No Wonder You're Depressed

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (NIV)

Our daughter-in-law, Sue, came for a quick visit. As she entered our home, she exclaimed, "No wonder you're depressed — you need some lights on!" She then proceeded to turn on all the lights she could.

That was a mistake on her part.

We have a light fixture that hangs over the staircase that leads to the basement. I can remember that when we hung the fixture, I wondered how we would ever be able the reach out over the stairs to clean it.

Now Sue had revealed the dust that had collected, over a length of time, on the inside glass of the fixture. We got a ladder, and, with much patience, we all had a hand in getting the fixture down, and then I took the time to clean it. After having a visit with her and our grandchildren, we had to reverse the whole procedure to put the fixture back into place. Once finished, we turned the light back on. What a difference it made: no more dust, and crystal clear light!

I thought quietly to myself about the sin that can gather so slowly in our lives, especially the sin that is (shall we say) hard to reach, or in an awkward place. Does sin dim our lives into something like a feeling of depression from, say, the lack of light?

It is a fact, and so very true, that when sin gathers in our lives, only the light (of Christ) reveals the need for sin to be removed — just like the light showed up the dust that accumulated on our light fixture and signalled the time for cleaning, which made such a difference. Depression begins to evaporate with the light of the cleansing power of Jesus in our lives.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we give thanks for those who come into our lives to tell of Your wonder, and to show us Your light, and the cleansing power of Your Son Jesus Christ, in Whose name we pray. Amen.

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