I checked into one of my WhatsApp groups this morning and saw a message from one of the other members. She mentioned that she had heard of a woman who posted it on her Facebook Page that she was going to take her life and the life of her daughter. This Facebook poster wanted to commit murder and suicide because she was depressed. I sympathized for a moment and then said a word of prayer that this woman and her daughter’s life would be preserved. I asked God to send them help, to send them people. And as I prepared to get on with the day’s activity, these words dropped into my heart:
“You don’t think it has anything to do with you, do you?”
At face value, no, I didn’t think it had anything to do with me. A random woman somewhere wants to kill her daughter and herself because she’s depressed. Well, that’s sad. But it has nothing to do with me. I don’t even know this woman or her daughter and I really doubt that I am in any way connected to her depression. So, no, Lord, the whole story has nothing to do with me.
On a deeper consideration, I realise that it could have something to do with me.
God created the earth and everyone on it. He may not be Father to everyone, but He is God and Creator to everyone. He has appointed people to take ownership of certain roles and assignments here on earth. And He has certainly asked His children to spread His love, joy and peace. God is not surprised at the increase in the wave of depression on the earth. Actually, He prepared for it. He packaged solutions in advance. These solutions are people.
We don’t know why this woman is depressed. Perhaps, she has no money to fend for herself or her daughter because she lost her job or her business. Perhaps, she has suffered emotional and physical abuse and can take it no longer. Perhaps, her daughter is severely ill and she believes it’s better to end it all for both their sakes. It could be any reason or combination of reasons. Whatever the reason may be, there is a person or there are people who God has given the assignment to forestall this incident.
Our lives are all interwoven. In God’s master plan, he has positioned the people to provide jobs and business opportunities that could include her. He has positioned coaches, counselors and therapists who could have helped her. He has positioned doctors, faith healers and family members who could support her. And he has certainly positioned people to pray and take a stand against the spirit of depression, murder and suicide. The issue is not whether God did not provide the solution, the question is: where are the solution bearers?
I pray that we will understand what God has called us to do in each season of our life, and that we will be free from distractions and fears that hold us back from doing what he has equipped and positioned us to do.
So, yes, Lord. This ‘random’ woman’s incident may not be so random after all; it may have something to do with me. I repent of being caught up in my own little world, and I rise up to serve and solve the problems you have equipped and positioned me to solve in Jesus Name.