To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness . . . Isaiah 61:3, KJV
Robin McLaurin Williams wasn’t an athlete, he was an actor, and a successful one at that. While he “won” at acting, he unfortunately lost to depression. Lest we are quick to judge, please understand that everyone has an archenemy and an archrival, an adversary and an antagonist that haunts us and taunts us every season and for any reason. Some evil opponents have a way of coming back “game” after game and time after time, and won’t relent or retreat until they kill or are killed.
Robin Williams was funny during his life, but he lays humorless at his death. His condition was serious, as his nemesis was depression and addiction. Sadly, he fought and he wrestled only to be overcome by these dreaded demons. We must understand that his battle could be our battle; his struggle could be our struggle; his demise could be ours, and is in fact the fight of someone you may know who is fighting for their life right now.
Robin had to deal with a fierce foe and a chilling challenger that wouldn’t go away. Not to trivialize Robin’s tragic turn for the worst, but by example, sports teams battle heated and hated hellions all of the time. Just as the Red Sox have the Yankees, the Redskins have the Cowboys and Ohio State has Michigan, we all have someone or something on the opposite sideline that hates us and wants us dead.
Biblically speaking, the children of Israel were in bondage to and belittled by the Egyptians until Moses defeated Pharaoh at the Red Sea; the Hebrews spared with Philistines until David finally defeated Goliath with a sling shot and a stone; and God’s chosen people were victim to the Midianites until Gideon defeated this enemy with only 300 courageous men.
We all battle sin and shame, and can only overcome when our champion defeats our enemy for us. Jesus is our Champion. He has defeated death, hell and the grave — and depression and addiction too. Ours is to accept that God has given us the gift of His Son who has won the ultimate battle and is yet fighting and triumphing for us.
So let’s remember Robin and resolve to get the best of our enemies and not let our enemies get the best of us.