May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so this week I will dedicate my posts to some mental health issues. Unfortunately, mental health issues have a stigma that other illnesses of the body do not, but if we stop to think about it our brains are part of our bodies. There can be physiological causes of mental health issues or there can be past trauma.
I used to attend open AA meetings with my father when he was alive. He was an alcoholic who stayed sober for over 30 years before he died. A saying stayed with me over the years that I heard- Bottles are symptoms. Counselors refer to it as self medicating. Sadly, the self medicating becomes a trap that pulls us down further.
So many underlying issues can be hidden under the addiction, abuse, trauma, family problems, depression, the list can go on. Something I have found comfort in is realizing that Jesus understands trauma. I shared about it in a post last year- Jesus Understands Trauma.
Whatever the underlying issue is, Jesus understands the hardships in this life. He was tortured and executed by crucifixion. He experienced rejection, alienation, and death of his earthly step father Joseph.
When Jesus said in Matthew 11:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
He spoke from a heart of compassion that understands the hardships of this life and from a gentle heart offering us rest. That includes rest from addiction for our souls.
One blogger I follow is Beauty from Ashes. She shared a beautiful post Monday about how Jesus brought healing to her through a prayer time with a friend. She struggled with addiction in the past. The post is Forgiveness is the key to my sobriety. Her blog link is beautyfromashesca,wordpress.com. For anyone struggling with addiction issues, her blog is a good one to follow or if you want to be inspired in your faith too.
Jesus already knows our struggles. He knows everything about us and has invited us to receive healing for our souls. We only need to come to him and ask realizing our need for him.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.