This was the October 19, 2010, entry in my journal. It comes from one of my favorite books – Streams in the Desert.
There is a part of the sea called “The Cushion of the Sea” that is so deep it is never stirred. The peace of God is an eternal calm like the cushion of the sea. It lies so deeply within the human heart that no external difficulty or disturbance can reach it. And anyone who enters the presence of God becomes a partaker of that undisturbed and undisturbable calm. And no storm, however fierce or violent, disturbs the soul that dwells, O Lord, in Thee.
O reader, can you see it?
When the circumstances and situations of this world come pounding down on you like a fierce thunderstorm, when you are at the very end of your rope, when you are so depressed you want to die, there is a quick turning you can make from the surface of your life to the inward depths where lives the God who created you. This realization is one of the greatest tools in my tool chest. I used to dwell in the thoughts of how terrible my depression was; now I dwell in the arms of Him who comforts me. There are tools for the body and for the soul that have also helped me, but this is the mainstay of my leaving the black box of depression.