Wouldn't You Be Depressed?
Every patient that is admitted to the hospital, gets asked if they are depressed or having any feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness.
One particularly day a patient responded rather hopelessly.
They simply replied, "Wouldn't you be?"
Knots formed in my stomach. They laughed it off but I knew they meant it. It was nearing the end of the shift, I felt rushed, and I simply did not know what to say.
But I wish I would have said this:
I can not imagine what you are going through. But can I ask you if you have a faith? Can I ask you who you think Jesus is?
I wish I would have told this patient where I find my hope. That even when this world tells us we are done, that there is nothing more than this, that there is more!
I could have told them that our health, our wealth, and this life are all temporary. And that something much, much better is after this.
But I didn't. And because I didn't say that, there was nothing more I could say.
Because if this life really is all there is, there really isn't hope.
They weren't going to get better. They weren't going to be able to live a "normal" life.
If this life really is as good as it gets, there is no justification for suffering.
There is no point to pain.
But because of Jesus, our suffering is not in vain. Because of Jesus, we will one day be in paradise with Him again (Luke 23:43). Because of Jesus - We Can Have HOPE.
I wish I would have said these words. I hope now, more people who need to hear them get to read them.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -Jesus (John 16:33)