“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4
Major depression is the valley of the shadow of death; or rather I should say it is worse than death. Just ask anyone who has had this deep, deep depression, and they will tell you they longed for death to end the pain. It was that way with me. Only when I experienced that Jesus was with me in the pain, did I let go of the fear I would never get better. It still took four years before I exited from the black box of acute pain and suffering, but after the first year, I took hope that His rod and staff comforted me. God is good – all the time.