God and Sexual Assault

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Remembering blessings.

“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.” Psalm 73:23-24 (NIV)

Pain. As a survivors of sexual assault we have endured much pain. Physically, verbally, and emotionally. We feel like our lives has been laced with emotional pain. Except during the few years I blocked out my abuse, this type of hurt has been extreme.

God never guaranteed us an easy life or a pain free life. Just because we are His children, we are not surrounded with a plastic coating which keeps out all of the bad things from reaching us. There is evil in this world, and as long there is evil, there will be pain for everyone.

We can work through our pain with the help of professionals and overcome the emotional bondage the pain has on us from our assaults. With God’s help, it is possible. It will not happen overnight, and it is not a comfortable process. It is the journey which we travel this very moment.

The journey back through the abuse and the assaults and all the things done to us growing up. It is a long journey and one I do not wish on anyone, but if you are reading this, you too have your own journey to travel.

I do not say this lightly when I say one day it will all end. One day there will be no more pain.  No more trials of any kind.

The day when it all will end will be the day we enter glory. Heaven. When we meet Jesus face to face.  Worship at the feet of God and he wipes every tear from our eyes. The days and nights spent crying will end. The pain will end.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Only God knows the time each of us will enter glory with Him. Reading Psalm 73:23-24 (NIV), brings me hope and assurance. “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”

It reminds me God is with me right now holding me and He is my guide and my support. He is with me through each second of each day and night on this earth and will be as He takes me into glory one day. I do not have to know all of what Heaven holds to know it will be so wonderful we will not care anymore about pain once we arrive, because we won’t experience it in Heaven.

To me this is the light at the end of the tunnel. We all need to see a light up ahead.

When you’re driving on a dark road at night with no street lights or other cars, and you can’t see up ahead, and then suddenly there appears a light it gives you hope. Hope there is something which lies beyond the darkness.light tunnel devo

This is what Heaven is for us. It is the light which lies beyond our current darkness. If we stay focused on this light while we process through our darkness, with God at our side, we will begin to realize there is hope beyond our present circumstances.

So, today I ask you to consider, as we feel ourselves being swallowed by the darkness of the emotional distress of recovery, let’s look to the light of God. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Our recovery will end one day. Whether on earth or in Heaven.

I know it is hard to believe one day this suffering will end. I am struggling as I write this to believe it myself, but I must believe it so I have hope. We need this hope to survive the journey. We have this hope because God promised it to us in His word.

Today I’m going to pray and ask God to continue to guide me and leave the light on at the end of the tunnel. Will you join me?

Father God,

This journey of recovery is emotionally taxing and at times it seems there is no end. You promise us in your Word there is hope and a light. You are right beside us, holding us and guiding us. I ask You to continue to guide me through, leaving the light on at the end of the tunnel, so I can see the hope which lies ahead.

Amen

 

© 2018 Susan M. Clabaugh. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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