156. Trust God

We need to trust God the most in those things we have least control over. Depression is such a thing.

When I didn’t know how I was going to make it through the next hour, much less the rest of the day and the week ahead, I recited over and over again Jeremiah 29:11.  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I trusted that God would fulfill this promise in my life, though everything I was experiencing with depression said the promise was a lie. A turning point in my life was when I looked back to the times in my life when God saved me physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – and realized I was as good as dead and did not have to please anyone or accomplish anything. It was such a freeing of my soul that I felt the shackles of depression and anxiety lifted from me.

As I trusted Him, I became stronger and more vibrant and started digging my way out of the pit of depression and emerging back into the blessing of tip-top mental health. It was a journey from darkness to light.

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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