302. They Caught Nothing

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There’s an interesting story in the last chapter of John’s gospel. Seven of Jesus’ apostles had thrashed about all night in the waters of Galilee but had caught nothing. Isn’t that just the way it is with those of us who have struggled with depression and other dark places? We thrash about in our darkness and come up empty.

At the break of dawn, Jesus shows up and tells them to throw their net over the right side of the boat, and when they do so they catch 153 large fish. The precise number represents all the species of fish known at that time. In other words, Jesus gave them all there was to symbolize He was giving them all He had.

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I have written many times of the three-legged stool to triumph over depression: medication for our body, psychotherapy for our thinking, and Jesus for our soul. The last leg of the stool is what holds all three together.

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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