In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 reflects on the words of Psalms 40:1-2 which reminds us that we are not alone and whenever in doubt, seek the help of trained professionals who ke Akua may be sending your way to pull you out of the pit of destruction.
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Ua kali ahonui akula au iā Iēhova,
A maliu mai ia me ka hoʻolohe i koʻu hea ʻana.
Ua lawe mai ʻo ia iaʻu mai loko mai o ka lua weliweli,
Mai loko mai o ka lepo pohō,
A ua hoʻokū i koʻu mau kapuwaʻi ma luna o ka pōhaku,
A ua hoʻokū pono ʻo ia i kuʻu hele ʻana.
– Nā Halelū 40:1-3
I waited patiently for the LORD;
And He reached down to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud;
And He set my feet on a rock, making my footsteps firm.
– Psalm 40:1-2
He manaʻo o ke kahu
Have you ever gotten stuck in mud and had a hard time getting out? I don’t mean the soft shallow kind that easily slides off you. I mean that kind that you sink into slowly, that creates a vacuum around your foot, refusing to let go. Even if you were to pull yourself free, your shoe is left trapped, never to be found again. This mire easily holds you down as you cry out for help.
This can easily reflect our mental state at times. When trouble overcomes you, pulling you into the pit of despair, sinking ever deeper, you cry out, pleading for anyone to come rescue you. Fortunately, ke Akua is always there to pull us out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud. That seems so easy to say, but when you are going through troubling times, nothing is ever easy, especially when facing a mental health concern. Instead of focusing on physical symptoms, look at your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It’s common to feel like no one understands what you’re going through, but many people overcome the mental health challenges they face. You aren’t alone – help is out there, and healing is possible. Reach out to those who can best support us.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Seek the help of trained professionals who God may be sending your way to pull you out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud. Find a support group who you can talk with for they are going through similar types of problems. Seek counseling. Take time away to prevent becoming frustrated or angry. Use this time to keep things in perspective and place balance in your life. Know that you can get out of the depths so, “God can put a new song in your mouth, a song of praise to our God.” (Psalms 40:3)