I put together this quote and picture – the picture being of the pioneers entering the Salt Lake Valley after months of toiling westward, and the quote being from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk, “Like a Broken Vessel”, about Major Depressive Disorder. (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/like-a-broken-vessel?lang=eng).
When the darkness around me seems impenetrable and never-ending, I feel that God is distant – that he has forsaken me.
This quote assures me that we can trust in the Lord, knowing that he has not forsaken us, though he may feel distant. He loves us and plans to lead us out of our sorrows into the breaking dawn, eventually.
And who knows but that those dark times were and are for our good. As the scripture says, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11).
The child of righteous desire may receive for reward most bitter trial.