Q: But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” — Romans 9:20 (ESV)
Why do we get OCD? Is it a punishment from God? Is it a result of the fall of mankind? Is it completely arbitrary? Bad karma? Simply genetic? Strep throat gone awry?
I believe that my OCD is indeed from God, given to me for three reasons:
1) To drive me to Him. The times that I have known most intensely my desperate need for Christ have been some of my most OCD-riddled seasons of life. When I am given something impossible to handle, then I have to turn to Someone bigger who can take it from my weak hands.
2) So that I would use it to glorify Him. I wrote a novel about an obsessive-compulsive, a book written for the Lord, to use my talents to honor Him. I think it’s a beautiful picture of redemption to see the way God allowed me to turn my history of OCD into a creative and beautiful result.
2) To help others who are suffering. Simply put, I would not be able to sympathize with other sufferers in the same way had I not crawled out of those same trenches. God was with me every step of the way, and I know that it was He who guided me to cognitive-behavioral therapy, of which I am now a strong advocate.
So, what do you think? Is OCD from God– or is it something else? Would love to hear your thoughts!