Spiritual healing is often overlooked by many as they focus on healing physically, emotionally and psychologically; very few understand that spiritual healing is essential for the complete recovery of the abused from their traumatic experience. On this post, we are going to read about the story of Elaine… a girl who witnessed evil at an early age in the form of her father. Elaine is just one of the many individuals who have undergone divine healing and gradual transformation. As she journeys through life, her pain is mended and her spirit is set free!
Elaine’s mother whispered to her to hide under the bed… she did as she was told and slowly peeked through the sheet from under the bed. She saw her father roughly dragging her mother out from the bedroom – a familiar scene, yet still painful every time she witnesses it. Elaine wished she could save her mother.
The other children in school never invited Elaine to come over and play; some even talked behind her back and called her ‘the daughter of evil’. Elaine’s father had quite a reputation – he was involved in gambling, corruption and stealing. Everyone in their neighborhood feared her father and did nothing whenever her mother was publicly violated.
Until one day, eleven-year old Elaine was forced to drive her mother to the hospital because she incurred a gunshot. The neighbors witnessed this and many other tragic circumstances, but they never helped because of fear. One afternoon, a pastor who happened to coach Elaine’s father in basketball during earlier years asked if he could have the young girl join a Bible School Vacation. Although reluctant, Elaine’s father agreed.
Later that day, Elaine’s father told her and her mother about the pastor’s invitation. He pointed a loaded gun at Elaine while stating ‘If you tell anyone secrets at that church, I will kill your mother’. Elaine knew her father meant every word and she felt deeply threatened.
On her first day to join Bible School, Elaine excitedly hopped of the bus and quietly stood in front of the church. Tears started to flow down her face for some inexplicable reason; the pastor waited and then softly whispered to her, ‘Elaine, always remember that Jesus loves you’. He grasped Elaine’s hand and led her to the church doors where children could be heard singing ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so’. Years later, Elaine healed and set free has never forgotten these words; it still touches her heart and soul.
Spiritual Healing Depends on Several Factors
There is hope!
For anyone who has undergone a traumatic experience, the world may seem dark and gray… However, all is not lost if the victim chooses to let God come into his or her life. There is always hope and light in God; He loves each and every one of us.
It is very important to understand that complete spiritual healing is dependent on several factors – the victim’s experiences, the degree of his or her belief and willingness to be healed, the type of therapy/counseling the person is undergoing and the time spent on inner self.
The ‘speed’ of an abused person’s healing is dependent on how he or she copes with the process; there are important factors that affect the healing process of an individual and each person has a different healing ability.
- The person must believe in his or her own healing, despite everything that has happened.
- The victim should learn how to trust again, especially in oneself. He or she must be able to take responsibility and manage his or her well-being. The therapist / counselor will be there to provide guidance and support, but it is the victim who knows what is best for oneself.
- Victims should learn how to live in the present; their past wounds may resurface in the present, but it is only because so they can heal and move on from it.
- Victims should respect their own rhythm and understand that each new step is their key to awareness.
- In order to heal and move on from the past, the victim must release any tension or anger that he or she is feeling. They must understand that if they do not free the anger that they feel, they cannot be completely healed. Forgiveness is huge in the healing process.
- Victims are encouraged to develop a sense of humor – to look at the bright side of life and avoid ‘overthinking’ their experience. It doesn’t mean that they should engage in denial but rather, learn and accept their vulnerability and allow personal growth after their unfortunate experience. During the process of spiritual healing, victims are encouraged to be humble and develop a positive outlook in life that is centered in God.