Remedy For The Funk

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Every so often, I get into a funk.
Not the kind of funk where someone says, “Oh, look at his dance moves.” I’m talking about a dark, dank mood filled with thoughts of despondency.
You know what it’s like. You start off fine and before you know it you’re completely consumed in the miry muck of self-pity. You try to pull yourself out but then, before long, you realize you’ve grown accustomed to your self-created sea of dejection.
When that happens, I abandon everything that’s important. I lose sight of how much I love my wife, my family, my work, and my life. And often, I clean forget about the grace, mercy, and direction of the Lord.
And then, I come across a story and poem like this one and I remember Jesus. I remember what’s He’s done for me and who I am in Him. It awakens my gratitude for the Lord, for others around me, and helps me takes steps toward an acceptable mood.
Six week old Fanny Crosby lost her sight in 1820 due to a doctor’s mistake. As she grew, she learned to function as a child and she later thrived as an adult, eventually became well known for her writing of poetry and hymns.
One day, she was in desperate need of $5.00, so she prayed. Shortly thereafter, a stranger came to her door and handed her the exact amount she needed.
She told others, “I have no way of accounting for this, except to believe that God, in answer to my prayer, put it into the heart of this good man to bring the money. It is so wonderful the way the Lord leads me.”
That same day, Fanny Crosby wrote the following:
All the way my Savior leads me
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His faithful mercies?
Who through life has been my guide.
Heavenly peace, divinest comfort
Ere by faith in Him to dwell
For I know whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.
All the way my Savior leads me
And He cheers each winding path I tread
Gives me strength for every trial
And feeds me with the living bread.
And though my weary steps may falter
And my soul a-thirst may be
Gushing from a rock before me
Though a Spirit of joy I see
And all the way my Savior leads me
Oh, the fullness of His love
Perfect rest in me is promised
In my Father’s house above
When my spirit clothed immortal
Wings it’s flight through realms of day,
This my song through endless ages
Jesus led me all the way.
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Thine

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I was seven years old.  As I sat in the hard pew, I held tight to the crinkled hymnal that seemed huge in my small hands.  And as the congregation stood to sing, I read these words for the first time:

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, and it told Thy love to me;  But I long to rise in the arms of faith and be closer drawn to Thee.*

I’m older now and I don’t often think of those lyrics, but the meaning is still true.  If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.  If we seek after Him with all of our heart, He will do everything He can to have strong relationship with us.

Think about it.

If God has already allowed His Son to die for us, why wouldn’t He embrace us when we reach out to Him?

He wants our worship.  He desires our friendship.  He wants us to draw near to Him.

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.  James 4:8a

*Fanny Crosby, I Am Thine, O Lord