Encouragement during the fog of depression

On a cool morning in July of 1952, Florence Chadwich waded into the waters off Catalina Island, intending to swim the channel to the California coast. Though an experienced long- distance swimmer, Florence knew this swim would be difficult. The water was numbingly cold, and the fog was so thick she could hardly see the boat that carried her trainer.

Florence swam for more than fifteen hours. Several times she could sense sharks swimming next to her in the inky waters. Rifles were fired from the trainer’s boat to help keep the sharks at bay. Yet when Florence looked around her, all she could see was the fog. When she finally asked to be lifted from the water, she was only a half-mile from her goal. In a later interview Florence admitted that it wasn’t the cold, fear, or exhaustion that caused her to fail in her attempt to swim the Catalina channel. It was the fog.

The struggles we face can sometimes cloak us in a fog of depression. Remember, even if you can’t see the end of your trouble, press on. God hasn’t brought you this far to leave you. He is standing there just outside the fog, waiting for your call.

—God’s Lessons for Teens

God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1

We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalm 55:22

[Jesus said]: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

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