As I checked my e-mails this morning, I discovered that today is known as “Blue Monday”. Apparently this is known as the most depressing day of the year. Pay day seems a long time ago, and there is still a wait for the next one. The weather is miserable, even in the normally tropical Clacton on Sea (a touch of irony there!). Colds, flu and chest infections are making us miserable.
It appears that some scientists have even calculated a formula to help us work out the date of “Blue Monday”
The e-mail suggested that today would be a good day to treat myself to cheer me up! Reflecting that they also suggested that the gap between pay days was a long one, I decided not to take up their kind offer!!!
But, what their e-mail did, was to cause me to think about those things that get us down and those things that can cheer us. I think we all, from time to time, get a little down and I suppose what I really want to make very clear is, I am talking here about being “down” and NOT about depression which is a really unpleasant condition. If you suffer from depression, please talk to a doctor or health care professional about your condition.
I have been reflecting on the importance of our mind and our thought world. As humans, we have the capacity for creative and imaginative thinking. Our minds are capable of beautiful dreams and dark thoughts. Joyce Meyer wrote an amazing book a few years ago called “The Battlefield of the Mind” in which she, in my opinion rightly, suggests that the biggest battle takes place in the human mind.
So does that mean, as a Christian, to feel “down” you are sinning? In my opinion, no. To go through times when you feel down doesn’t make you a sinner, it makes you human!
What I have discovered is that whether I am in a good place, or not so good, there is nowhere that God isn’t. In the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, God is present. The Psalmist puts it like this;
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,’
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
(Psalm 139 vs. 7 – 12)
So on this “Blue Monday” in whatever I feel, I know that God is somewhere in the midst and all I have to do is look for Him. My prayer for you is that you will find Him too.