In a conversation about trauma the other day, I was shown an illustration of balls in jars. The first set showed the balls getting smaller with the caption, “some think grief/trauma shrinks in size.” The second set showed the balls staying the same size and the jars getting bigger with the caption, “but we actually grow beyond and around the grief/trauma..”
I thought about the illustration and want to modify it.
After his resurrection the scars were still there on Jesus’s side, wrists, and feet. There was still evidence of the trauma he endured on our behalf when he died on the cross for us, but through his resurrection he had overcome the trauma of the cross. He overcame on our behalf too.
My modification to that illustration would come from a principle from Philippians chapter 3.
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord
While Paul was directly addressing how his past earthly successes he considered to be nothing compared to having Jesus, there is a principle here- knowing Jesus surpasses everything.
In my life trauma has come in three forms, which my upcoming book Jesus Understands Trauma goes into. Those three areas of trauma did not disappear. What has happened though is that the more I grow in my relationship with Jesus, the less hold those three areas have over me and on me.
Yes the scars are there, but knowing Jesus, having a relationship with Jesus, has diminished the role those three areas of trauma have in my life like the song Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus says- the things of earth will grow dim.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
10 thoughts on “Jesus Can Help Us Overcome Trauma”
Oh yes papa Matt!! Thank you for sharing. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ made provision for all human problems to be solved.
Yes precious daughter
There is healing in his name 🙂
It is so true; when you turn your eyes upon Jesus, things on earth grow dim in the light of His glory and grace; a beautiful song! 🌺
One day we will be with Jesus and everything in this life will be gone for us
Walking in close relationship with Jesus, heals the traumas.When we hear his sweet voice and walk near him, how we see things changes!
The things of this life pale in comparison to Jesus
Yes, there is nothing like his sweet presence.
Good way of describing/ explaining trauma. Jesus indeed quiets the trauma with his tender love, care and comfort! We have to be in the word, knowing and growing in Him..fellowship and prayer are key as well!
Matt, thanks so much for reminding each of us that Jesus walked our walk, bearing life’s scars, and opening our eyes with His Resurrection.
AMEN he walked our walk so we can walk his 🙂