Some of us just seem to be inclined toward depression. I know, you don’t want to hear it. I also know some of you think it is a lack of faith. Having a propensity to “the blues” doesn’t mean you’re an Eeyore. But even Eeyore wins at Poohsticks more often than he loses. There are a lot of misconceptions about those who tend to feel down.
They laugh. They smile. And while Eeyore may live in the southeast corner of 100 acre wood, he is also capable of a deep compassion for others. Actually, this depression that can be so painful has resulted in some beautiful art down through the ages; from paintings, to poetry, to some great music, depression has left an impression, and it’s not always a bummer.
The great preacher Charles Spurgeon, who lived with severe gout, was subject to depression. I once read that his deacons had to actually carry him into the pulpit, he was so often in pain, and downcast. But Spurgeon said, “Pain has, in some cases, developed genius, hunting out the soul which otherwise might have slept like a lion in its den. Had it not been for the broken wing, some might have lost themselves in the clouds, some even of those choice doves who now bear the olive branch in their mouths and show the way to the ark.”
That’s right…don’t discount those who may seem to live in that “Gloomy Place: Rather Boggy & Sad.” They may be leading the way to your salvation.