There are events in our lives that can take us to places that others simply have never been. An abortion, a rape, death of a child, stabbing to death of a little baby girl by her grandmother, loss of a spouse at an early age, disappearance of a daughter who was never found, total financial ruin, loss of a mom and dad by the age of thirteen, loss of a husband and son in a tragic automobile accident, a cheating spouse, two little boys, under the age of five in foster care whose mom and dad are in prison, watching your daughter and son-in-law run over by an emergency vehicle and watching a family member battle severe depression. I have either personally experienced or have walked with a family member or very close friend who has traveled each of these roads. Each one takes you to a place of pain and on a journey that is beyond most people’s comprehension.
For most of the stories above there were often multiple individuals who were quick to offer support. Everyone who knew of their tragedies hurt deeply for them. But that was not true for every story above. Think of the individual who was raped, often we do not know much of their story and the pain and hurt they are experiencing. Their tragedy is often cloaked in shame and secrecy. Have you known of someone who has had an abortion? Yes it is her decision but often it is made without knowledge of what lies ahead or made under tremendous family or personal pressure. They may be haunted for years to come if not a life time, and that journey is often traveled alone.
Another individual in one of the stories above traveled down a very lonely and often misunderstood road. A person with depression is often told, “ Get over it, get on with your life.” They are often encouraged to quit being so pessimistic and start facing life with a positive attitude. Or maybe they are given several Bible verses by a well-meaning friend. The world does not want to hear from them “I’M depressed.”
Is there an answer, can I really have a breakthrough from the demons that grip me? I am so tired of living this way. Look at what both David and Job had to say about their journey:
I am feeble and crushed;
I groan because of the tumult of my heart.
My spirit is broken; my days are extinct;
the graveyard is ready for me.
God’s word says He is near those that are broken.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
I have certainly experienced this in my life as I have learned the sweetness of surrendering, the awesomeness of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
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