Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Proverbs 4:25 (NIV)
How do you overcome depression or its causes- job insecurity, illness, problems with relationships, or death? According to the World Health Organization: “300 million people around the world have depression. 16.2 million adults in the United States—equaling 6.7 percent of all adults in the country—have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year.”
As I struggled with this question, I received my answer while watching an underwater exploration documentary on the barreleye fish. It seemed like something straight out of science fiction- a fish with a transparent brain! I marveled that God created a deep-water fish with a transparent brain, eyes that rotate upward and forward only. It doesn’t have lateral vision. It can’t look to the right or the left. It lives at a depth of 2,000 feet to of 3,330 feet and its transparent brain allows the fish to filter out whatever sunlight that gets through to the ocean’s deep. The eyes stay pointed upward when the fish looks for food and point forward when the fish feeds.
The Bible teaches us to walk by faith and not by sight. Is this not an example of looking upward to God for inspiration and straight forward to receive our daily bread? Typically, what causes us to falter or become depressed, is when we take our eyes off of God and start looking to the right or the left. We don’t seek God’s counsel or wisdom. If a fish with a transparent brain can trust God for its daily needs, why can’t we do the same, believing that he will provide the food, clothing, shelter, and healthy relationships we need?