How many times have you wondered what your life would be if specific problems had not occurred at critical moments in your life?
For Example, When I was four years old, I was playing in the front yard of my home unsupervised. I had a small bicycle that was turned over resting on the seat and handlebars.I was pretending to sharpen the toy arrows I was playing with by turning the pedals as fast as I could with one hand while the other got closer to the chain and gear when suddenly my finger went into the chain and was chopped off at the first joint.
The way I reacted was like all the cuts and bruises I had… yes, it hurt, but I didn’t understand just how bad the injury was.
That is when I ran to my mother and showed her my finger. How she reacted changed my life forever. She screamed in horror, she panicked and at that moment her fear or agony at seeing blood shocked my mind! I then felt anxiety, panic, and trauma.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
for good works”
The point is that everyone has had experiences that have shocked your senses and altered your destiny. You know what those experiences are, but rather than face the memories and feeling that horrible anxiety associated with the mind, you suppress it by some distraction or substance from sex, alcohol, drug abuse, and most often food.
All the symptoms are clustered together like strings of helium-filled balloons being held at a single connecting point. The connecting point in us is emotion, anger, hate, jealousy, guilt, fear, avarice, sexual addiction, drugs, alcohol, dysfunctional relationships with everyone in your life, etc., etc., etc. Everyone will admit to suffering from overwhelming pressure or some form of stress, but no one wants to believe or admit they are traumatized.
Along with physical trauma, which is readily acknowledged, psychological and spiritual (a crisis of faith) trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers often develop extreme anxiety or PTSD (after the trauma stress that disrupts our everyday life), or you may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem.
Right now, you have a choice to first; recognize that you have been “denying” the truth of trauma… Joel 2:25 ESV: I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.
And second, so, you can overcome it, release the bunch of strings you have unconsciously been holding on to so those debilitating balloons of unhappiness, fear, and worry can be set free. In Matthew 11:28 New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
What I have described above is what scripture refers to as being in a fallen state, subject to the dark ruler of our spiritual world. Trauma is the connecting point from which many, if not all, maladies arise.
The struggle is evidence that you have not yet accepted the salvation and peace Jesus Christ came to give us through His sacrifice. Isaiah 54:10 ESV: For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
And as stated in Zechariah 2:8 ESV: For thus said the Lord of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye…
What I will teach you is the wisdom of the ancients that you will take ownership of as soon as you stop defending the trauma (sin) that has harmed you and your loved ones. I know you are ready to have the life God has been waiting for you to accept, and as you heal you will be a beacon offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.
Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.