Have the dark clouds of depression poured their tears upon your soul? Are you emotionally stuck … muddled in your mind … mired in your emotions? Do you feel isolated and alone … afraid that no one understands? If so, you are not alone. People from all walks of life have languished under the black clouds of depression.
Can anything bring back the white clouds of contentment? King David – no stranger to depression – discovered the answer. He learned how to exchange the darkness of despair for the light of hope. Again and again, when his soul was downcast, he intentionally changed his focus – he continually riveted his focus on the faithfulness of his Saviour … his Redeemer … his God. Three times, in three different verses, David asked himself the same question and three times he followed with the same answer. Psalm 42:5–6, 11; 43:5 “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
On June 20, 2001, so many were stunned when Andrea Yates systematically drowned her children in a bathtub – all five children, ranging from six months to seven years of age. In rapid-fire response, the shocked world asked, “How could a mother do the unthinkable: Kill her own children! What could drive a mother to commit such a heinous crime … five times in a row?” In a word, the answer is Depression – not just Normal Depression, but Psychotic Depression – a major depression that caused Andrea to break with reality.
Couldn’t someone have rescued this mother and these innocent children from their ultimate doom? The simple answer is yes. And that is why we need to gain an in-depth understanding of depression. The Lord admonishes us all to …“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?” (Proverbs 24:11–12)
In the following weeks we will discover the corners and immensity of some depression and what to do when you or someone you know suffers from depression.