If I learned one lesson last year, it’s that there is power in a name. When we give our struggle a name, we are able to better distinguish truth from lie and work toward healing. Naming opens the door to freedom and sheds light on truth that can feel uncomfortable, exposing, and painful. Yet, it’s necessary in the process of healing. This year, I experienced the faithfulness of God most acutely through my struggle with mental health.
In his book, Live No Lies, John Mark Comer explains how we experience the power of peace when we know the reality in which we’re living. Knowing this reality can be a painful, but necessary process on our journey to healing. He writes,
“The illusions we cling to become part of our identity and, with it, our security. They make us feel safe even as they imprison us in fear. Ripping them out of the humus of our soul can be excruciating. As David Foster Wallace put it, ‘The truth will set you free, but not until it’s finished with you.’ It’s only in coming face-to-face with reality as it actually is before God that we find peace.”
We find this teaching on knowing the truth to be prominent in the teachings of Jesus. In John 8:32, Jesus proclaims, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” And in John 14:6, Jesus declares himself to be this truth that can be known. He is very embodiment of truth, saying, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
There is power in naming our struggle, be it a mental health condition or a sin pattern with which we regularly wrestle. Jesus is not only faithful to expose these areas of our lives, but he is kind enough to guide us toward healing and freedom as he carries us through it. Let me share a little of my story with you as an example of how I’ve seen the Lord’s faithfulness in getting diagnosed with a couple of mental health conditions last year.