There’s an old Peanuts comic strip featuring Lucy and Linus, in which Linus announces he is aware of his tongue. Now you’re aware of your tongue, it’s sitting there in your mouth, and you. are. aware. that. it. is. there.
Exactly Charles Schultz’ point. You can suddenly become aware of something small or irrelevant and your focus diverts to it for a while until life distracts you away from it. Your fingernail. Your rear. Your elbow. Your knee. And having announced his awareness to Lucy, she suddenly becomes aware of her tongue, and calls Linus a “blockhead.” And after the over-awareness, we get back to life.
So this is my hope for today. I know I haven’t written in a while.
Honestly, I’m depressed and life hasn’t been great and nothing has really changed. I’ve been making myself busy in the hope of distracting myself from the depression, which is my go-to. And over the past maybe three weeks or so, it’s gotten worse, circumstantially and emotionally. It’s not getting any better, despite prayer, work, anger, relationships, and other things I’ve tried in order to distract myself from my awareness of my depression.
Further awareness advises me that another “awareness” is just my depression talking, so take it with a grain of salt:
I am aware of my irrelevance.
In Christ-follower circles, people reassure each other that they matter. In this recent wave of depression, I’ve become aware of, and focused on, my personal irrelevance. I’m waiting for God to show me whether my irrelevance should continue letting other people suffer from it, or whether He can set things up such that my irrelevance doesn’t continue to interfere with other people. I have a specific prayer for a specific answer. If the answer is affirming to me, to show me I’m wrong about my irrelevance, or perhaps minimally, I’m blowing my irrelevance out of proportion, then I hope to receive the specific answer I’ve asked for, or something better. If the answer is not affirming, I can expect to hear nothing, and to see further evidence that I should continue in despair.
This depression has lasted longer than “normal.” I was getting used to a 4 month depression, but my circumstances haven’t changed and I feel like I’ve been depressed now for about 5 or 6 months. It lends further credence to my theory that my depression is partially circumstantial and not just chemical. I’m still getting up and going to work and coming home and doing housework and watching the kids grow up and telling Mrs M I love her, but it feels mechanical, and I’m not able to do anything more.
These pills only make me move, an animated angry mummy, still feeling dead inside these wrappings. But I want to be like Lazarus (John 11), after they took the wrappings off. I want God to show me that I matter to Him. I want to be alive, and free.