Processing Emotional Trauma

What happens when we stuff our emotional pain? Let me take you to two accounts. Jacob said some startling words. He grieved greatly when he made the assumption that Joseph had been killed. His sons did not correct him. 

In Genesis 42:38 he was adamant regarding his last son Benjamin. It says, “…My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone. If any calamity shall befall him along the  way in which you go, then you would bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave.”

I have read that a cancer diagnosis often follows 10 years after a traumatic event. I have watched this play out in a few folks that I know. When anyone tells me that they were diagnosed with cancer, I ask them what happened in their life 10 years ago?

There is another account for us to look at. Hannah was barren. She was one of Elkanah’s two wives. 1 Samuel 1:6 says, “And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb.”

There was nothing Hannah could do to reverse her traumatic day by day life. The Lord was the only one who could remedy her barrenness. In their society, being childless was considered being cursed by God.

Though Hannah was greatly loved by her husband, her emotional pain ruled her thoughts. Verse 8 says that her heart was grieved. She wept and did not eat. She languished. In verse 15 she told Eli what her heart felt like.

It says, “…I am a woman of sorrowful spirit…” Verse 16 says, “…for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.” Proverbs 15:13 says, “…by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”

Scientists and researchers look for answers that God has freely given in His word. They think that they discover great information. If they would only believe, they could  have read it in His word. When we don’t process our emotional pain God’s way, it lies buried to bring destruction to His ordered way for our bodies to thrive.

Hannah poured out her soul to the Lord. He stepped into her situation, and gave her the desire of her heart. Israel prospered under the words of her prophet son Samuel. What is the Lord waiting to give you when you let go of your emotional pain?

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