Isaiah 42:7 - To open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Mental illness is an island. Depression fills the inner dungeon. Fear of rejection is the bars on the windows. Emotional pain isn’t a castle on that island, but a prison with bars on the windows and gates locked in place. Anxiety holds its hand over the mouth of the one who’s trapped preventing its prisoner from crying out. Who will risk their own sanity to help us escape our dungeon? Only one who has visited that island and been locked up in their own prison. They are the ones who know what you’re going through, and sometimes just listening to their story is enough to help the captive see there’s a way out. Don’t be afraid to tell your story to someone who’s hurting. You never know. Perhaps you hold the key. Do you find yourself locked up in an inner dungeon? Are you willing to share what’s going on with your heart to someone else who may be hurting? I’d love to hear from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.