226. The Lesson of Depression

I believe I fell into depression because it runs in our family and because I invited two major stress situations into my life at the same time. It was not visited on me by God, but He did allow it to happen.

That said, I learned a number of important lessons through four years of major depression.

Lesson One. I thought I was in control of my life and the captain of my own ship. The depression I endured proved that wrong. There was little of my life I could control while depressed, and I often did not even know where my ship was. A bout with prostate cancer reinforced the lesson that I have little control over my life, but I can have hope because God is in charge through all the trials, tribulations, and afflictions of my life.

Lesson Two. Life on earth is not a pleasant place from time to time. I learned to accept my lot in life and look forward to a better life to come – that is, heaven.

Lesson Three. For much of my life, Jesus had been a familiar acquaintance, but with depression, I needed more than that, and He obliged. Jesus came to my aid many times when I was about to slide down into a bottomless pit. I learned through this to have such a close relationship with Him that He would always be there as my best friend and constant companion. I am still learning that lesson.

With those three lessons learned – and there were many more – I look back now on my depression as a good thing because I learned valuable lessons that set the sail on my ship, a vessel I am no longer the captain of, but the Holy Spirit keeps me on a course that is safe.



About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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