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.