Last week, I wrote about depression, and took a psychological and clinical approach to it, as well as a bit of solutions in that regard.
For a while now, the Lord has laid it on my heart and impressed on me to write about the above topic👆.
So here goes, while depression is one thing, there’s another side to it. It could deeply affect a person to an extent that they resort to escapism.
Escapism, which I mentioned briefly in my last article, is any behavioral tendencies (habits or addictions), done for the purpose of creating a world of fantasy, to escape one’s present reality. This is often done as a means to bask in euphoria (feelings of pleasure/happiness) and numb/quiet pain.
Jesus did not come to make us escapists, but overcomers.
God’s will for us, is that we get to have a life in which we can’t wait to get up or wake up to, because reality is finally better than our dreams.
The Goal is:
“To live life, to love life, and to enjoy life” – Zizi.
“Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically, mentally, emotionally], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].”
3 JOHN 1:2 AMP.
As much as psychological and clinical solutions are good, they may not be enough. My God is still in the business of healing and mending all forms of wounds and pain.
This scripture was dropped in my spirit,
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
I particularly love the message version, it says;
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
Other scriptures that buttress this are:
“casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].”
1 PETER 5:7 AMP
“Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).”
PSALMS 55:22 AMP
Means of escapism, include habits and addictive behaviors, that are generally toxic and unhealthy, such as; drug misuse, sexual addictions, binge (excessive consumption) eating or binge drinking, and a host of others.
Personally, I’ve resort to escapist routes in the past, particularly ice cream. It worked pretty well. It’s only just temporary, fleeting and never enough. I’ve also used the cinemas/theaters, but the thing is, they don’t last, the ice cream gets exhausted, the curtains in the cinemas are closed, and you’re back to reality, back right where you left off…
The euphoria created from the fantasy bubble wears off and fades, as reality comes knocking, and the bubble is burst. This is usually where addiction sets in; to keep the euphoria longer, you require more quick fixes and so the cycle begins and it continues…
The greatest and long lasting solution, is to look to the one that is, always has and always will be in the business of fixing people; the great physician. You can never have too much of Him. Addiction to God’s presence, to Thanksgiving, to worship, to prayer, to His word are the healthy, helpful and beneficial kind there is…
This Quote by Corrie Ten Boom sums it all-
“Look around and be distressed, Look within and be depressed, Look to Jesus and be at rest”.
P.S- This article is not negating actions like going to the cinemas or taking ice cream. Individually, on their own, they’re okay. When the motive behind any action is for escapism, as an escapist route, then something is wrong…
Love and Grace,
© Zizi 2019