“Save me, O God, for the waters have threatened my life. I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me. (Psalm 69:1,2 NASB)”
It seemed to me I was travelling in a very long, dark tunnel alone, with no ending in sight. I felt very frustrated, helpless and tired of waiting. There was no news as to when I could recover and be able to walk again. I was creeping into depression. My situation looked bleak; doctors did not sound positive.
Months back, my hip was fractured in an accident. A failed surgery and some complications had delayed recovery; lengthened my stay in the hospital and almost drove me to a state of depression. God is good. As I reflected on those months, I saw His hand guiding me not just in this episode but also my entire life so far. He grounded me in His Word during my youth by sending mentors who taught me. Helping a young boy back then may seem a small thing but it got me rooted in God’s Word till now and without a doubt, prevented me from falling into depression.
Over the years since my youth, God has always given me a ‘band of brothers and sisters’ one after another who are my source of encouragement. It may seem a small thing for my dear friends to be there for me but after the accident, it was significant. Some visited many times and prayed with me, and others texted. Of course, my wife was my pillar of support bearing with my moods, my tears and my rejoicing.
Now I know what the psalmist meant when he wrote this verse, ‘O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!’ (Psalms 34:8 NASB)