You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book. Ps 56:8
We live in this crazy, busy, fast past culture. However, the thing is that when one has suffered greatly healing usually doesn’t come this way. Whether one has lived through abuse, loss of life, exploitation, gang violence or whatever it may happen to be often times our healing is more like a slow continual process. I think our culture doesn’t always understand this and what happens with it. The grieving, longing, slow deep breaths, the resiliency that is created and the long enduring nature of God. It is true that God walks beside us in this and that all of that doesn’t always happen quickly much to our dismay (sometimes). In this way, God is creating in us something of beauty, strength and great worth that only comes from great pressure, strengthening and refining. I for one am glad that I am not the same person that I was 10 years ago. Little by little I have been formed more into the image of God, been healed and continue to have the impurity and wounds healed.
When one has endured severe pain in their lives, such as the individual that has suffered through commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) a person suffers oftentimes from PTSD but also some significant losses. CSEC seeks to rob you of you are, destroy your life and take all that you were meant to be. In this way, the person who has endured this often has some significant losses: (they may include)
- ability to have healthy a relationship
- ability to connect with others
- health (including frequent headaches; anxiety; broken bones, burns; drug/alcohol)
- ability to dream
- laugh or have fun
These issues can impact his/her entire life until he/she can overcome some of these issues or until people can come around them and show them they are worth love, valuable and have a future. Sometimes it is a daily struggle to believe that you can be loved, that good things will happen to you, that there is hope for tomorrow.
When you think the issue of sex trafficking is too overwhelming for you, maybe you can try loving someone who just doesn’t have a lot of community, has a very difficult life, and could really use a friend and family. In this way God will be using you to help those who have lived through situations no one ever should have to experience heal and learn how to dream and hope again.