If you’ve been through a trauma or have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), your life may be in shatters. People ask, “Is it really that bad? Can’t you just get over it and move on?” They have no idea what you’re dealing with.
Today, I’d like to validate your pain. It is real. It’s what Paul talks about in Colossians 9, ensuring us that God can give us the strength to “endure the unendurable.”
Diane Langberg, in her book “Suffering and the Heart of God,” describes the unendurable:
“Trauma means living with the recurrent, tormenting memories of atrocities witnessed or borne. Memories that infect victims’ sleep with horrific nightmares, destroy their relationships or their capacity to work or study, torment their emotions, shatter their faith, and mutilate hope.”
It sounds perfectly reasonable to isolate yourself if from these horrors. But oddly, this is exactly when you need to reach out to:
• Safe friends or family, so you can build a community of supporters
• Mental health resources: counselors, therapy groups, psychiatrists, psychologists
• Educational resources and instructors who can help you learn how take charge of “the unendurable”
• Nature, where you can soak up natural beauty and treasure the peace it gives your spirit
• Private sharing groups online and on Facebook where you can tell your story and receive support
• God, actively inviting Him to lead the healing process (this is especially tough for those who have been hurt by the church and by Christians)
I’ve tried these strategies, and they work—maybe not immediately and not every time. But they take me up in the cycle of healing instead of pushing me deeper into despair.
If you try any of these strategies, I’d love to hear from you on my private Facebook page, “Truth Be Told: Stories of Hope, Trauma, and PTSD,” my public Facebook page, “Hope After Trauma and PTSD” and or this website.