Have you ever just felt emotionally down for no apparent reason? Yo know what I mean, right? Sometimes you just feel low. Sometimes you don’t want to hang with anyone or laugh about anything. Sometimes you can feel the pull of depressed thoughts easing their way around you and the question is, what are you supposed to do then? Well, a lot of times the people in your life won’t have any patience for this kind of thing. Sometimes people in church will just tell you to pull it together because “your life isn’t all that bad and you don’t have any reason to be depressed.” Sometimes they’ll even list all the reasons you should be happy, but here’s the thing: These depressed thoughts aren’t reasonable, so reason alone won’t get you out of the woods. Sometimes church folks will tell you that Jesus just wants you to rejoice, no matter what and that He’s waiting on you to cheer up. It’s easy to feel as though Jesus is frustrated or upset about your depression, but He’s not. Jesus knows that sometimes you go up and down. Jesus knows this is only going to be a season. Jesus knows who you’re going to be when you make it through this. He isn’t frustrated with you and He won’t be hard on you. An Old Testament prophecy said, “When the Messiah comes, He won’t snap a weak twig just because it’s fragile. He won’t snuff out candles that are barely hanging onto their light.” In other words, Jesus won’t walk all over your feelings. Jesus wants you to have joy and peace in your heart, but He understands when you don’t and He knows how to be tender.