Wouldn’t it be great to have a mood radar like we have weather radars? The meteorologists can observe the weather radar and predict what atmospheric conditions a specific region will experience ahead of time. Why can’t we have a mood radar to tell us what to expect out of our disposition? It kinda makes me think of mood rings. The costume jewelry where you would slide the ring on your finger and wait for the stone to change colors indicating your present mood. Do those rings really work? I remember in middle school the stone always appeared black for me.
Just imagine if a bipolar person had a mood radar to detect a change in their future mood. If you had a mood radar for instance, you would know that on Tuesday morning, you will experience an 80% chance of depression with a high risk of difficulty getting out of bed and going to work. Or, Sunday afternoon you will experience mixed episodes of mania and depression for your family picnic with a 30% chance of leaving early.
It is difficult to live with bipolar. You never know from one minute to the next what type of mood you are going to be experiencing. For instance, I had plans to record a video blog today. However, it did not happen because the bipolar storm moved in with mostly depressing skies and a strong front of low energy. If I had known this in advance, I would have recorded the blog on another day that I felt better.
I may not have a radar to determine my unpredictable moods, but I know who I can go to in order to weather the storms of my mental illness. Jesus Christ is my Rock that I cling to when I haven’t the foggiest idea of what to expect coming over the horizon. When I am tossed around by the stormy waters of a changing mood, I cling to Him by praying through my storm. He may not calm my storm or make my cloudy skies turn to wall-to-wall sunshine. Instead, He always walks beside me, takes my hand and reassures me.
You may not suffer with a mental illness and need a radar to predict your moods. Maybe you would like a radar for the stress at your job? What about for your teenage son? Your aging father’s ailing health? You too can cling to the Rock who knows what tomorrow’s sunset will look like before yesterday’s sun rises. It is comforting to place my trust in Someone who is the same yesterday, today and forever. I may not know, but He does and that is all that matters.