When Aslan Shakes His Mane

What does depression look like?

I’ll tell you. It’s when you feel numb inside. It’s when there’s an itch inside your soul that nothing seems to reach. It’s when the things you love or like lose their joy. It’s when you feel alone and abandoned, even though you know there are good people around you. It’s when sweeping music or a great film or vice gives relief, a temporary band-aid.

There’s only one solution to a person caught in a whirlpool of depression. Lift your eyes to the One. See Him there, your champion, your benefactor, your advocate, reaching for you with a great love. Drop everything and reach for Him. Let Him bring you upward into life and liberty, joy and peace, leaving behind the torment and indifference and darkness.

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight.

At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,

When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,

And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”

(This poem is an excerpt from C.S. Lewis’ novel, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”)

Aslan is a representation of Yeshua the Risen King, aka Jesus of Nazareth. Through relationship with Him, through clinging to Him as we would Aslan’s mane, we can experience overflowing life that dampens any sadness, depression, or spiritual oppression. Selah–pause and think about this.

-Sean Elliot Russell

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