Tunnels of Depression

Depression is much like a tunnel. You begin at the entrance, but as you go forward it becomes darker and darker, but at some point, light appears and if we move toward the light we ultimately leave.

When I was young and foolish, I traveled with a bunch of friends to a cave in NW Arkansas. Armed with only flashlights, we crawled down into a hole and entered a cave. We started to explore the cave by wading in a stream that flowed on its floor. Soon the cave became more narrow and and the water became deeper, but foolishly we continued. Before long we were up to our necks in water and the walls and roof were closing in on us. I was scared and worried. (I don’t fit well in small spaces anyway.) I thought, “what if it started raining and the cave filled up with water?” I turned back and remember vividly searching for the light emenating from where we entered the cave.The good news is that we all made it out safely, frightened but safe. I have never been in a cave again. That sense of the walls and roof closing in has stayed with me to this day.

Depression can feel much like I did in the cave that day. The key in the cave and with depression is to go towards the light. God always provides us light, no matter how deep or dark the tunnel.

Look to the light.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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