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Editor's Note: We are a non-religious magazine. However, we acknowledge that spirituality is an important part for some. Our Faith column is a place for anyone to discuss how faith positively affects their mental health and how to improve the conversation around mental health within faith communities.
As I’m writing this, people are suffering from eating disorders, depression, schizophrenia, and a hundred disorders I’ve never seen before. As I’m writing this, Paris is all over the news.
At the same time, I’m trying to come up with a way to talk about how God could truly be good all the time; and I in no way want my article to invalidate anyone’s suffering. It’s exceptionally important to bring that to my reader’s attention now.
I’ve found when people begin to question if God is really good, it’s not when things are going well.
Instead, it’s when things are very hard to go through and very hard to watch. So before I begin, please understand that I believe you when you say it hurts.
I also believe that questioning the goodness of God is an okay thing to think about if you go about it with an open heart. You’re not a bad person for wondering, or for being confused, or for being angry.
Keep reading if you wish, and if you’re still not satisfied, keep thinking and keep asking.
I’m going to fall short in talking about this because it’s such a deep issue; but I’ve walked through hardships before and after recovery. What I can offer are some of my thoughts, as I’ve tried to learn about God’s character through it all.
What’s going to really do this topic some justice, though, is living life yourself, and asking God yourself, with a pure heart that asks for the right reasons.
In the context of mental health, I don’t know why so many people have to suffer from the disorders that they do.
I don’t know why I was another person who suffered from an eating disorder, and I don’t know why depression continued to follow me for a while after. Going into recovery after hitting rock bottom required me to take a different direction with God.
For starters I had to let Him in. I considered myself a strong believer before and while I was suffering from disordered eating. However, I was not giving him any room to change my life. When I put God as a priority in my life, I was able to learn and relearn His character.
He is a loving God who cares for who I am today, not just who I someday will be.
God makes all things beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11), and my disorder is not an exception. He uses my former suffering to help others who are going through similar struggles. He brings me back stronger than before anything was wrong at all.
He’s a redeemer.
Rejecting conversation and relationship with God is not what taught me any of this. Being raw and honest with Him about how I’m sick, sad, angry, and so on, is what got me somewhere in my recovery.
All these truths about Himself He has whispered to me over time.
There will never be a day where I know all there is to know about God; but I’m still excited to know what I can. The original question of “Is God really good?” isn’t as big of a deal to me as it used to be. How I love God, others, and myself because of Him is what I cling to more than any question for apologetics.
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