“…I am going to allure her. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.” Hosea 2:14
“The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is
their power to harm us. ” . . . Voltaire
Finding New Meaning & Structure in Life after Sexual Assault
It’s tempting to make your sexual assault a permanent disability. But surely you don’t want to disable yourself that way. Only God knows what good things you have yet to offer to others. Yes . . . you have faced suffering in this life. . . we all do . . . but God can bring hope and restoration into the worse circumstances. He is able to turn evil into good (Gen. 50:20), and we can eventually find meaning in our pain. Though our sorrow is heavy to bear, the strength we gain from carrying it will not be wasted. As humans, we find it easy to see nothing redemptive in our trauma, but God can use our afflictions to draw us close to Him and through us to reveal His awesomeness to an unbelieving world. (Beyond Our Control – Kregel Pub. 2009 edition) Used by permission.
Will I Ever Recover?
You may ask, “Will I ever recover?” The answer is yes, but it’s wishful thinking to set a timeline on your recovery. Recovery comes gradually, a little like a physical wound that heals. You don’t actually feel a cut healing, but one day you notice that the wound looks a lot better, and you think, Huh. When did that happen? Everyone recovers differently, though, and at a different rate. Full recovery may even be a lifetime process. (Beyond Our Control – Kregel Pub. 2009 edition) Used by Permission.
You’re know you’re healing when your attitude changes from that of a victim to survivor. Your sense of humor increases and you have a greater appreciation of life. “Time brings understanding and acceptance, so that living becomes meaningful again.” . . . Laurence J. Peter
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” Amos 5:24 NIV