The Same but Different
On Easter weekend, I found myself thinking about Jesus’ transformation. I noticed some aspects of His transformation that I hadn’t picked up on before.
• Jesus took intentional steps to get to transformation: traveling to Jerusalem, taking a stand in the temple, dying on the cross. He knew these steps were ahead, and He stayed on His path anyway.
• The transformation was unbearably painful. Jesus bore it anyway, determined to complete His mission … through death and beyond.
• Jesus told his trusted friends what was going to happen, but they didn’t fully understand.
• Jesus was the same but different after the transformation. He still looked like Himself, acted like Himself, and loved people. He was the Son of Man on earth, then transformed into the reigning Son of God.
He was the same but different after His transformation was complete.
I would never compare any of us here on earth with Jesus. But I think those of us with PTSD can learn from his example.
• We have to take clear, intentional steps to gain control over PTSD. We must have a plan we stick to when nightmares strike and flashbacks force us to reexperience the trauma.
• I’ve heard PTSD described as “unendurable.” But if PTSD is in our lives, we have to endure it until we outlast it or override it—with the help of counselors, medications, behavior changes, and God to carry us through.
• We tell our friends what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is like. They don’t fully understand.
• We are the same people—recognizable as ourselves—before and after the transformation. Trauma changed us forever. Taking control of trauma will change us again … for the better.
We were, we are, and we will be the same but different.
Please stay with us on the challenging path that will take us to a better future.