22nd March 2014

Mood Indigo 

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”
Romans 8:35 (NIV) 

Sometimes in life, we find that our moods are very much like being in quicksand. We can’t move either way without the feeling of being pulled down into a deep depression. We feel powerless, inadequate to solving the problems that face us.  These are sentiments I was reminded of recently in ‘Mood Indigo’ by Duke Ellington:

You ain’t never been blue; no, no, no,
You ain’t never been blue,
Till you’ve had that mood indigo.
That feelin’ goes stealin’ down to my shoes
While I just sit here and sigh, “Go ‘long blues”. 

Too often such situations shine a light on our own sins—for who among us isn’t riddled with faults? Our imperfections add to our woes and we feel heavily weighed down.

The voice of our Lord cries out to our hearts: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Go to Jesus. Cry out to him. To do so is not easy—it  requires admitting our negative feelings, our inadequacy and our personal faults. Yet, he promises us rest: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). 

If you find yourself with a ‘mood indigo’, remember our Lord’s love and desire for us. Take the time to share your fears with him. Don’t fear that such a mood will turn him away. Instead, he welcomes us to share our burdens with him. As Paul was moved to say, “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32) 

Our negative thoughts can make us feel powerless and inadequate. But they do not cut us off from Jesus. For nothing, not even our negative thoughts “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39). 

Please Father, help us to see and then share our imperfections with you. Please comfort us so that we can then help and encourage others to also enjoy the joys that you give. We ask this in Jesus’ precious name.

Study by John Merchant


johnmerchantAbout the Author:
John Merchant attends the Nottingham Grace Communion, a congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley
Email:  ian_woodley@wcg.org.uk

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