Statistics tell us for every “successful” suicide there are 25 failed attempts. I thank God I was one of the failed ones.
It was my first year in college and I was miserable. I felt like my dog Skunky was the only one who loved me. I’d slept with my best friend’s boyfriend and really hurt her. My mind was so messed up that I honestly didn’t think she’d really care and it shocked me when she got angry and confronted me. I was so lonely and distraught. I didn’t realize how out of touch I was with real life and anything of importance. My heart ached and shriveled up deep within me. I was a Bible-reading Christian but I just couldn’t seem to do anything right. I made up my mind that everyone would be better off if I was dead.
I hitchhiked out to Bolinas Beach where, in the high tide, the waves crash up against the sharp vertical wall of rock at the edge of the beach. I wrapped myself in a thin wool blanket with Skunky at my side and fell asleep, expecting the waves to cover me and take my life.
The tide never came in far enough to drown me. When I woke from a very long sleep it was dark and I was cold, itchy and clammy, not from the ocean, but from the thick wet fog and gritty sand that got in my hair and stuck to my skin. I picked up my blanket and my dog and walked back up to the little beachside village and hitched a ride home.
God rescued me from suicide when my mind was so insane I hadn’t even thought about the fact I’d be killing my sweet dog. My head just wasn’t right at all. No sudden miracle but things did start to change little by little and my mind began to heal. I stumbled many times and it was a rocky path to the truth and a more sane way of thinking. I can’t say that I’ve never experienced depression and thoughts of death since that time but I was never tempted by suicide again and I thank God for that.
With the recent death of a great American talent, Robin Williams, we’ve seen how far-reaching the devastation can be when someone leaves us by way of suicide. I don’t think we realize just how many people we influence in our lives. We’ve all had a good uplifting impact on many more people than we’re aware of. And we need to keep it up.
In light of the current state of affairs which includes horrendous atrocities against children in Iraq, horrific political decisions, the pressures of work and the pressures of not having work, the realities of ageing, the death of family and friends, our own personal failures, and so many other things, it’s hard not to get depressed and want to give up hope. One person can only do so much, right? But God needs us to keep hope alive.
With God there is always an answer, always a way to get through things and a way to make things better. And each little thing we do is important. Never give up. People need you and love you. God knows your name and so do many others. You are important and every day you live is valuable to others who will be blessed by you in the future.
I pray the devil spirit of suicide never comes near you and if it does, that God rescues you like He did me.
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