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We Shall Overcome

After having read the previous blog on the various types of trauma, we can come to the conclusion that regardless of whether you suffer from Acute, Chronic, or Complex trauma, there is a way to overcome and get through the suffering. As cliche as it sounds, God and the things that He has given us can be your relief and your way out because God provides comfort, peace, and healing to those in need. In this blog, we shall look over how you can overcome your trauma, with God by your side.

I think it is important to include the fact that trauma is not random and it did not just happen to be you who experienced such a traumatizing event; you in particular may not have done anything to suffer, but there is a reason why you are going through something. I am sure you have all heard that the first step to overcoming a problem is to acknowledge it. By acknowledging that something severe has happened in your life and the hold that it has on you and your life, you will then be able to confront it - this is most likely going to be the hardest part. “Traumatized people are, above anything else, scared.” (Bayes-Fleming) Whether you were abused, mistreated, or injured, the incident that caused you to become traumatized has instilled a fear in you. That fear is what will trap and keep you from confronting the source of the trauma… if you allow it. But wait - here comes the best part: “No fear, for God is here!” God will lend you an ear or a shoulder to lean/ cry on. Pour it all out to God or even a person whom you trust the most. By talking it out, you allow your anger, frustrations, and suppressed emotions to empty out of you.

Among the many effective ways to deal with trauma is to realize that your suffering and past does not define you and that this is not where your story ends. The Bible tells us in Romans 8:37 that we are more than conquerors. It is the Lord God who created us in His own image and likeness, making us - by definition - like God. When we are able to understand that despite having gone through something that we may not understand and have been experiencing for who knows how long, God has guaranteed that our suffering will not last for a lifetime, you will the we able to see that the road to peace and freedom from whatever past event was holding you down, is not so far away. Open your mind and realize that there is new life in God; there is peace in God; there is hope in God; and there is restoration in God. So, with that being said, you must have a sound understanding of who you are as God’s creation. Remember that you are deeply loved by God and are a living testimony of what He can do when we allow Him to work within us and transform us into new beings; full of faith, confidence, and healed by His grace!

Job is one of the most known men in the Bible who suffered traumatic loss and went through severe pain, despite being blameless. His life was turned upside down when his livestock died, his servants died, his children died, and he was covered from head to toe in sores and boils. Yes, he suffered and wondered why it had to be him - but, the one thing he never did was curse or blame God. He knew that God is powerful and in all things good. He knew that the Lord would deliver Him and see him through. Job had 4 friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, and Elihu, that he spoke with during his crisis and all of them said that Job’s suffering was deserved because he had done something wrong in the eyes of God. Job knew that he has led a blameless life and has never sinned against God or man. After going back and forth with his friends, explaining that he has sinned; explaining that he has not, Job realized that he was not suffering because he did anything wrong. God spoke to Job afterwards and let him know that he was suffering because God wanted to test his faith; it was part of God’s plan for Job’s life. In the end, Job was blessed with more riches, more children, and more life. So what can we see from Job’s story? Job acknowledged his circumstance and turned to people that he was able to talk to (even though their advice was wrong). Job also poured out his heart and concerns to God. Job kept his faith and understood that God must be working because he had done nothing deserving of such loss. He was confident in who he was and how he treated God. In the end, he received complete restoration, beyond what he could have imagined.

Come back next week to read the final part of our trauma series; there is healing for everyone!

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