22. Finding a place of shelter

If you read the psalms, you will find that King David often suffered from depression, yet he was a man after God’s own heart. Look at what David says in Psalm 55: “My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.

I said, ‘Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest – I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.’”

To me, this is undoubtedly a classic definition of depression; I know because I’ve said much the same thing. But look at David’s solution – I would hurry to my place of shelter.  Do you have a place of shelter in your mind? My brother had an enclosed shelter in a desert (in his mind) that had winds and sand howling outside, but inside he was safe.  My shelter is an apartment in Minneapolis with a single lounge chair in which I sit. That was the place where I had an encounter with God, in the midst of severe depression, that changed my life. I feel safe there and remember what God did for me. Your shelter can be any place where you feel safe and sheltered from the storm of depression raging about you. Even for a person who is not depressed, a shelter is a place to remove yourself from the tumult of the world for a time.  I’d be interested in knowing what your places of shelter are. Just use the “Leave a Reply” section at the very bottom of the full blog after “About Patrick Day.” (Scroll all the way down.)

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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4 Responses to 22. Finding a place of shelter

  1. Kris Cole says:

    IPsalm 91

    9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
    10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
    11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
    12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
    13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent

    • Patrick Day says:

      Great verses Kris. I’d like to add the next two verses:
      “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
      I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
      He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
      I will be with him in trouble,
      I will deliver him and honor him.”

      When I was in serious and major depression, I would claim the verses you have given above, and I would wait for God to answer my cry right away. After all, He said no disaster would come near to me, and I was in the midst of disaster and harm was overtaking me. The next verses I added comforted me, for I came to realize my rescue would be in His timeframe, not mine. “I will rescue him:…but not yet. “I will protect him”…but I will allow the depression to stay with him a bit longer for his own good. “I AM with him in trouble and I WILL deliver him and honor him”…when my purpose for his suffering has been accomplished.

      I can tell you Kris that He has fulfilled the verses you cited and the verses I cited. He is a good God, but He calls the shots and He knows ultimately what is best for us. I have become much more intimate with God through my depression and for that I am greatful. I would not take back a day of my depression over five years.

  2. Bob Farquhar says:

    Chapter 57:1……And in the shadow of your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.

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