At the beginning of this project, I wanted to know the ‘new me’ better. It felt like post-natal depression has changed me in ways I didn’t fully understand and honestly, it was a little strange – I wasn’t sure if I would like the ‘new me’.
But at some point between then and now, I have stopped thinking about the ‘new me’ as the ‘new me’ and now it’s more or less, erm, just me? Which is good because I am more comfortable in my own skin now?
Also recently while praying for wisdom to speak to three different friends in different crisis, I remembered this verse in 1 Corinthians 1:4 which says that it is God “who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
I thank God for using me to comfort my friends in their time of need. If I had not experienced God’s comfort during post-natal depression, I would not have the gentleness and sensitivity to listen to my friends.
So it’s come full circle now – the comforted is comforting others. It’s a good sign of recovery that I am able to look out for others. In my email to one of the friends, I had this to say which is a nice way to end this project:
“Actually I don’t understand much about depression medically, apart from my own experience. Which was awful… and one of the events in my life with the most lasting impact, both good and bad. But i know that whatever we know or don’t know about depression, it cannot harm us eternally. It may steal our joy for awhile on earth but there will be an eternity of inexpressible glory and joy with God. Jesus triumphs over depression. He is our king and he will lead us home safely.”