Sadly, more and more people are experiencing depression. People suffering from depression increased significantly during the pandemic.
In life, we may experience many trials. “The greatest reward comes with the greatest trial. When Allah loves a people, He tests them….” (Sunan Ibn Majah 4031) .
Tini is an example of a young woman who is depressed. She felt rejected by her parents and college friends. She tried many times to end her life.
Tini described the depression she experienced as the feeling of a dying heart and mind. It was also like a drought where someone who desperately needs water doesn’t get it.
How can we be free from this kind of depression? How can someone like Tini find true peace? Let’s see how Allah helps His creation.
Various Problems of Depression that People Experience
People who experience depression may have various symptoms. For example, some people feel lonely, empty, and unloved. Others feel their life is useless or meaningless.
Many other people experience deep sadness. They feel constant despair like their life is full of regrets and disappointments.
Some people are full of worry and fear, so they close themselves off from the rest of the world.
Prolonged depression can be fatal. People may choose to end their lives or harm other people.
There are several factors that can cause people to become increasingly depressed during a pandemic. Some of them are:
- Fear of contracting the virus.
- Grief at the loss of a friend or family member.
- Worried about reduced income.
- Stress from being isolated and locked down.
- Stress due to changing ways of working.
- Increased domestic violence.
Unfortunately, the world is not going to get significantly better. One Hadith states that the condition of the world will get increasingly worse. “There is nothing left of this world except trials and tribulations” (Sunan Ibn Majah 4035).
This outlook can make life feel “dry.” Many people experience mental dryness. Just as the physical body needs water, so our souls need refreshment.
People Need Water for Life
It’s known that 60% to 70% of our body weight contains water. Obviously, humans cannot live without water.
Many people have died in the Sahara due to dehydration. Many refugees have tried to flee Niger because of the territorial crisis, but they died from not getting enough water during the journey.
People who lack water will become dehydrated. Some of the symptoms are:
- Excessive thirst.
- Dry and sticky mouth.
- Weakness and fatigue.
- Feel cold and dry on the skin.
- Decreased consciousness.
Dehydration means our body loses more fluids than we take in. The result from the lack of water is the balance of fluid in the body is thrown off. If it’s not treated, the body cannot carry out normal functions and can get worse if not treated.
Physical Thirst and Depression
The symptoms of dehydration are similar to symptoms of depression. Many people are unable to carry out “normal functions” because their souls are dry.
Allah’s Holy Book describes the problems of the soul as a drought. “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Zabur, Proverbs 17:22).
How can we be free from depression? How can your spirit be refreshed when your life is incredibly challenging?
Isa Al-Masih Is Living Water
Isa is the Word of Allah. He is the embodiment of Allah’s mercy for mankind.
Isa claimed to be the giver of living water. “Jesus [Isa Al-Masih] answered her: ‘If you knew about the gift of Allah … you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water’” (Gospels, John 4:10).
This is Isa’s way of declaring that He is able to refresh the human soul. Isa provides living water to restore a dry soul.
If you believe in Isa, Allah’s Living Water will refresh you. There will be comfort and strength during suffering.
In the past, there were prophecies about how Allah will refresh His people. “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground” (Torah, Isaiah 44:3).
Is your heart thirsty? Isa Al-Masih promised, “… Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty” (Gospels, John 6:35).
Isa answers our need for water. He’s the only One who claims to give that living water. This is clearly illustrated in one story in the Injil.
A Woman Receives Living Water from Isa
The Gospel of John (chapter four) shares this story. There was a woman near a well who met Isa Al-Masih.
Isa started by asking her for water to drink. Then Isa stated that He could give “Living Water” to her.
This woman had a troubled background. She was known not to be a righteous woman. She had had five husbands and was now living with another man who was not her husband. That is why she drew water during the day. Because she was ashamed of her life.
Isa knew this woman’s condition. He offered Allah’s mercy and forgiveness to her. He also wanted to provide her comfort and strength to live her life.
After this woman believed in Isa, her life changed. She experienced Allah’s true peace. It was truly like living water for her parched soul!
This woman suddenly felt alive and told everyone about Isa. She was no longer ashamed to meet the people in her village. Through Isa Al-Masih, we can experience Allah’s mercy.
Whoever Thirsts for “Living Water,” Come!
Like the woman in the story, Isa invites you and everyone who needs Living Water to come to Him. You will experience Allah’s comfort. Allah’s mercy will flow like a river.
Depression may not immediately disappear. But the process of healing from depression will begin when we come to Isa Al-Masih and rely on Him!
“Whoever believes in Me [Isa Al-Masih], as Scripture has said: ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water'” (Gospels, John 7:38).
Let every soul that is experiencing a drought come to Isa. He is able to restore life to our soul. Allah’s love can heal your depression. Allah will also help through the problems you face.
“… Isa Al-Masih stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink… Come! Let the one who is thirsty come. And let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life’” (Injil, John 7:37; Revelation 22:17).
Respond to Isa’s invitation! Accept Allah’s love as living water. We will experience restoration and receive the gift of Eternal Life.
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