30. When Depression is Tugging at my Sleeve

An alcoholic who has not taken a drink for twenty years is still an alcoholic. A person who has gone through clinical depression, as I have, and has come out the other side, as I have, is still vulnerable to depression and needs to have tools to use when depression comes calling. When I feel depression tugging at my sleeve, one of the Scriptures I look to

is Isaiah 43: 1-5. This is God speaking, hence the quotation marks.

 “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
   I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
 When you pass through the waters,
   I will be with you;
 and when you pass through the rivers,
   they will not sweep over you.
 When you walk through the fire,
   you will not be burned;
   the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…
You are precious and honored in my sight…
   and I love you…
 Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”

Isn’t this a wonderful passage for one who is depressed – passing through the waters and rivers and walking through the fire? That’s what I felt like when I was in deep depression. Yet God tells us not to fear, that He knows us by name, and He is with us for the long haul. When I read this, that tugging at my sleeve goes away.

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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1 Response to 30. When Depression is Tugging at my Sleeve

  1. Bob Hopman says:

    Patrick, I know God has blessed you and because of that you now are blessing me. Everyday I thank God for the gift of you.
    Bob H.

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