Released from the Captivity of Trauma

There have been times in my life where I have felt like I was being held captive by struggles in life. In some instances, I felt like my life had been invaded by traumatic events that took took me prisoner. This is why Psalm 126 speaks to me: “When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream (verse 1, NASB).”

To be brought out of trauma, out of a struggle, is like a dream. To look back on the difficulty from a perspective of healing is to feel joy again: “Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them (2).’”

God is faithful. Even in the darkest days, when you feel like hardships are holding you captive in a strange land, he is steadfast; his Word, His promises remain true. “The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad (3).”

© 2022, Chris G Thelen

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. – Psalm 126:5-6 (NASB)

9 thoughts on “Released from the Captivity of Trauma

  1. When we suffer, it’s hard to think on God’s promises. We become so enthralled with our own messes, that it is, indeed, like a dream when we come out. But then, when we do, it’s like blinding sunlight, and God’s love and promises can overwhelm us more than the pain we had. Kinda like childbirth.

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