Thursday, February 09, 2012

Strange Place

Last night we watched an excellent documentary on depression hosted by Off The Record's Michael Landsberg.

I thought it was only fitting that I repost this article on depression from my Barnabas Blog.

This is date # 9 of my February re-postings.  I hope you are encouraged knowing that the Lord will be your strength in any situation.


Depression can be ugly. Believe me, I've been there. You can mask it for awhile but eventually the ugliness breaks through.

But the Man of Sorrows, Jesus, knows every detail, every nuance, every heartache, every gut-wrenching situation and stands ready to help carry us through the darkest hell.

The other night I couldn't sleep. My mind played games. Ruminating can be disastrous.  But words and phrases that came to mind were placed in sentences and random thoughts became poetry, albeit frightening stuff.

Here's what I wrote about the strange place I found myself in:

This strange place in which I stand
Is neither hell nor promised land;
But shards of both now pierce my soul,
O God, please make me well and whole!

This strange place in which I sit
Can be a throne or deep, dark pit;
But hidden from the Son's warm ray
O God, please take the pain away!

This strange place in which I lie
With dread cry out "O let me die";
Now where I lie or sit or stand,
O God, please take my trembling hand.

This strange place so fraught with pain
Beset by loss and seldom gain;
Can be the place You've brought me to
Where all I have is me...
And YOU!

Copyright © 2011 - David W. Fisher 

God has a way of bringing us out into a better place.  During those dark, depressing hours I reread the 18th Psalm where David joyfully states, "He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me." - Psalm 18:19 (NIV)  

Note:  Your comments are greatly appreciated.  Thank you!


  1. Thank you for sharing this. I have found myself in dark places at time but He has brought me through over and over again. I will share this with a friend who is in need of a Savior. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Your poem is so encouraging. When we find ourselves stuck in that place we sometimes find it hard to cry out to God because we tend to feel so alone. "Strange Place," is a beautiful reminder that we can lean on the Father. Your words are perfect for when we have no words of our own, a perfect prayer to copy down and carry with you to use anytime you have no words of your own to pray, I know I will. Thank you for sharing it with us.