Devotion – Positive Deposits and Temporary Negatives
Posted May 19 2010 6:15pm
“Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. . . “ (Ephesians 1:13, 14)
“What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Depression is an ongoing battle for me. I am unable to take antidepressants, so each new wave is a struggle to withstand. Friends have suggested that I keep a journal, but that seems to require too much time and effort. They have also suggested that I have a pre-planned strategy to handle these depressive cycles.
As I was reading the above verse about the Holy Spirit, I began thinking of the concept of deposits. One definition of a deposit is a partial payment. I decided to keep a list of all the partial payments, or “little glimpses of eternity”, that God brings in to my life every day. These are my positives. I also remembered that my struggles are temporary, even though right now they seem endless. I list my trials as temporary negatives.
Keeping this daily list has been a tremendous help to my outlook. I am amazed at the many heavenly deposits I am given. Even small things can bring such joy if I allow them to: a bird at my feeder, a rabbit in our yard, a good cup of tea, a phone call from my daughter, sitting outside on a lovely morning with my Bible, and many, many more.
Now when the suffocating heaviness of depression weighs me down, I think of my deposits and remind myself that the trials are temporary. Although I may struggle with depression for my entire earthly life, it is indeed temporary in the light of eternity. I do have to walk through fire in this life, but I have God’s word that I won’t be consumed by it (Isaiah 43:2). His loving presence and comfort are shown in each sign of heaven on earth.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for the many ways You reveal yourself to me daily. Thank you for the hope of knowing that one day I will receive my full inheritance, and until that day, Your strength will carry me through my temporary earthly sufferings. Amen.
About the Author
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength give her the ability to deal with chronic back pain, depression, headaches, and fibromyalgia. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and view her blog of devotionals at www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
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