A recent news article highlighted the number of teens dealing with depression and anxiety. It reminded me of a time when I was dealing with a deep depression or a deep sense of loneliness. There wasn’t a particular reason for it. I had a happy life with plenty and friends, a nice boyfriend, a good job, etc. But there I was feeling like a victim to these feelings of sadness. I had been trying to skirt the issue by filling my schedule up with dates with friends and activities. But when my boyfriend at the time was unavailable one evening to hang out with me, I had no one else to turn to, and I finally found myself alone confronted with these feelings of loneliness. There I was feeling very alone, and I sat on my bed crying — or rather sobbing — for some time.
But then I reached out to God. It was a simple prayer. A simple and heartfelt “God, help me”. In other words, God help me overcome this deep loneliness and sadness I am feeling that has come out of nowhere! Well, then I heard this voice. It said “You don’t have to be tempted by this.” Whoa! I was amazed. I was especially amazed because it completely freed me in that instant. In that very moment I was instantaneously cured. Sadness was gone. I dried my eyes. Turned off the light, rolled over, and went peacefully to sleep.
That moment was a revelation — like a light turned on. In that instant, I realized all those negative thoughts were actually outside of me trying to get in and wasn’t a part of me. God showed me it was a temptation from the carnal mind, evil, and thereby wasn’t something that was part of me. It was not coming from inside of me and needing to get out. It was the other way around! It was outside of me trying to enter through the door of my consciousness. That gave me a sense of clarity and showed me that the problem really had nothing to do with me, I didn’t have to accept it, and that I was already whole and complete. This change in perspective made all the difference in the world.
The Word of God is a powerful preacher, and it is not too spiritual to be practical, nor too transcendental to be heard and understood. –Mary Baker Eddy
Whatever negative thoughts we are presented with — lack, limitation, frustration, etc. — they are not a part of us as the beloved sons and daughters of God. God has given each of us a perfect mind and identity that is creative, intelligent, peaceful, valuable, needed, and whole. We each have the mind of Christ. We can shut out the carnal mind with it’s false assumptions. We have the spiritual authority to resist and overcome thoughts that are unlike God. God has given us this power and ability.
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:2
I am supremely grateful for this experience. It showed once again just how wonderful and good God is. Just one moment of divine consciousness — perceiving the nature of God, the truth of being, and our relationship to God — can heal, save, and stop a flood of tears.