Loneliness and depression. Not typical topics for me. Not the usual, sweet story either. But it's where I am right now. And ignoring how I feel seems to be a little bit dishonest.
You know, like when someone asks how you're doing and you answer that you're fine, but you're really not. Because you don't want to admit that there's a problem.
I'm not that good at pretending that nothing is wrong when something is wrong.
Does that make sense?
Thanks, sweet girl, I knew that you would understand.
Uh, I know that you didn't actually ask me how I'm doing or why I'm sad. But I'll explain everything anyway. Just in case you're wondering.
I'm depressed because my darlin' husband is working in Houston, Texas, and I'm in Alabama.
We haven't seen each other since the first of March. He always travels, but he's never had to be away from home for almost two months.
And I'm not handling the separation very well either. I miss him so, so much.
Yes, I know that there are military wives whose husbands are gone for way longer than six weeks. More like six months to a year or longer. What a sacrifice! I couldn't do that.
I'm having all kinds of problems with my man's short-term absence. Have to make myself push the trash cart to the street. Or get the mail out of the box.
And other such simple, routine tasks.
Who could imagine how much emotional energy is required to perform them?
Do I sound like a selfish, spoiled brat?
It's just that I feel lost and lonely when my sweetheart has to be gone for so long. He's my best friend. He makes everything fun and fulfilling.
He loves me. Protects me. Provides for me.
And the most amazing thing is that he understands the little girl in me. The one who grew up afraid of her daddy. Of not being good enough. The one who always loved words but was too insecure to put hers on paper. The one who desperately wanted to be loved and affirmed.
You can't help but miss a man like that.
And feel lonely and depressed when you're not with him.
I hope that I haven't caused you to feel depressed with my sad story. You've heard the old adage: Misery loves company or misery loves to make others miserable. Something like that.
Well, I have good news. When we do feel alone and depressed, we don't have to deny or ignore those emotions. We don't have to feel guilty that we're not deliriously happy at the moment.
Jesus experienced loneliness and depression too.
You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88: 18).
The psalmist writes about his own battle with loneliness, but his words also refer to Christ and how all of Christ's disciples--His friends--abandoned Him when He needed them the most.
The image portrayed in this verse is so sad to me. That our Savior felt so alone that He counted the darkness as His close friend.
You know what? I've never been that alone before.
You know why? Because Jesus promised that He would never, ever leave me. Or you.
I'm glad Jesus made that promise.
I'm glad that He understands loneliness and depression.
I'm glad that when we're lonely or sad or depressed, we don't have to be good at pretending that everything is cool.
And I'm glad that my darlin' husband is coming home this weekend.
And did I mention that he's way handsome?
Oh, sweet girl. He is!