I posted this on Facebook this morning:

When I was in the worst grips of depression, this verse seemed an unrealistic platitude, or a promise given to those Christians far more deserving than I. “Where is my power, love, and sound mind?” I would ask desperately.

If I could have “snapped out of it”, believe me, I would have. If people quoting verses at me would have fixed me, my problems would have vanished instantly. Unless you have ever suffered true depression, you have no idea how tight and insidious its grip can be.

God’s answers for me are often neither easy nor quick. Some I may never receive in this lifetime. But I did come to realize that my bleak depression was never from Him, and that He had in fact given me those good things promised in this verse — but they were buried and hidden under the dark fog of despair.

My road to healing was not easy. But it has been so worth it. I am so thankful that God always kept a spark of hope alive in my heart, that He never let go of me, and that He finally brought me out of the darkness.

3 thoughts on “Depression

  1. The Lord Jesus healed and delivered me from my own black hole of depression. I am here as a witness to His mighty power and desire to deliver His children. Only believe- when believing seems impossible.
    “I believe Lord, help thou my unbelief”
    Take courage and hold on to the hope and belief that He loves you and desires that you be made whole.
    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1


    • Scarlett, the verse, “I believe Lord, help my unbelief” was one that I really clung to!

      During my darkest times, there were some people — my therapist and a small but amazing group of trusted women — who stood in the gap for me, and believed for me, when I was just hanging on by a thread. Sometimes we have to “do faith” for someone else, and that’s what they did for me.

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