I imagine she was the woman other women whispered about. The woman no man wanted except for a secret rendezvous on the bed of a dark room. Known for her inconspicuous service and convenient location, Rahab continually justified meeting the needs of multiple men. After all, she was available and it paid the bills. That’s right when you read about Rahab, one of the first things that comes up is that she was a prostitute. But who was this woman really, and what did she do during the quiet times? Those moments when the men were long gone? Was she happy with her life or longing for more?
Our lifestyle may not be like Rahab’s, but as fellow sisters, I believe we can all say there were times we could have made better choices, and times that we wanted more in life.
Emotionally challenged perhaps, her lifestyle would be a prime setup to bring on a bout of depression. I don’t mean just a day or two of feeling blue. No depression can be much more than that. “Rather, depression has many possible causes, including faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability, stressful life events, medications, and medical problems. It’s believed that several of these forces interact to bring on depression,” reports Harvard Health Publications. There are also several different types of depression, from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to the more severe clinical depression. The various types can affect people in different ways.
My guess is Rahab wanted more. When the Israelite spies came to town, she chose to hide them from the men sent by the King of Jericho. She confessed to the spies saying, “for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” Then she made a deal with them to save herself and her family when they returned to overtake the land. The spies left by climbing down a rope from her window, their lifeline. The deal would only be binding if she hung a scarlet cord in the same window. That cord turned out to be her lifeline. She confessed the Lord was God and she was saved.
What about you? It’s the holiday season, but are you feeling the joy? Or are you just hoping it passes quickly. Depression can sneak up on you like a slithering snail or grasp you like the quick paw of a lion, but the results are the same. It’s a smothering emotional blanket that’s committed to draining the life out of you. You want to take the blanket off of your head but you can’t. As hard as you try, you just can’t.
Above are some symptoms of depression. If you or someone you know is having any of these symptoms that just won’t go away, or if you have trouble doing things that used to be easy, or you find no joy in things that you used to enjoy, consider getting medical or professional help. But please don’t forget the spiritual component.
When you confess your belief in the Lord, you too have a lifeline. You too can be saved.
“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.”Psalm 107:19-20
Don’t suffer alone. Tell somebody.
The National Crisis Hotline – 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.