When Trauma Storms Strike, Jesus Comes to the Rescue

by Sandra Allen Lovelace  @SandraALovelace  #WallflowerWomen  #TimetobeYOU!

Various translations of Genesis 1:1-2 describe the earth as formless, void, empty, a waste covered by deep waters and surrounded by darkness where the Spirit of God hovered, brooded, moved over the surface. Such pre-creation chaos is an excellent illustration of trauma. And the ensuing order a display of God’s healing power.

Confusion, anxiety, isolation, and fear covered by denial and surrounded by turmoil are seemingly beyond God’s presence and care. A sense the whole world is about to collapse with no hope of survival seals trauma’s trap.

Thankfully, God neither left the world in chaos nor abandons His people in trauma. Share on X

Let there be light are the words that heralded the taming of chaos with the division of darkness and light, the first step to proclaim order. Jesus continued with words to define an expanse of sky above and water below . . . and so on for six days as He displayed His authority over creation. Nothing is beyond His power or intervention. (John 1:1-3, Ephesians 1:18-23)

We learn the impact of Christ’s position when He handles a trauma look-alike in Mark 4. What’s described as a fierce windstorm, furious squall, or great storm of wind overtook the boat carrying Jesus and the disciples across the Sea of Galilee. Waves broke over the sides threatening to sink their craft and drove the disciples to wake their sleeping teacher.

Paralyzing self-doubt, defensive silence, and unquenchable guilt overtake the minds, bodies, and spirits of trauma’s targets as surely as any hurricane at sea. Swells of hopelessness crash over the strongest protective shields to claim their lives … their personhood.

Thankfully, Jesus responds to their call and rescues those who know trauma. Share on X

Peace! Be still! were the words He spoke. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  Mark 4:38 RSV  In the midst of the storm, when they doubted their very survival, the disciples turned to Jesus and in the face of His power and the resulting calm were confronted with His true identity. Creator. Sovereign. Rescuer. And how often we discover the same.

Are you fighting stormy waves of confusion and fear?
Jesus is the same Creator, Sovereign, Rescuer today and forever.

Let me know, how I can pray for you in confidence.

   Sandra

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4 Comments

  1. Beautiful words, Sandra. This was a very positive and powerful read. I had goosebumps while reading certain parts, maybe because I can relate to it so well. Thank you and keep sharing such positive content.

    1. Thanks, Stephanie. I write from my heart which probably explains the connection by God’s grace which brings the power. As He leads, I will follow. 🙂

  2. The trauma is one of the things that can take us in two directions. It can take us away from the Lord or closer to the Lord. I am so grateful that you are sharing the story of the storm and how Jesus has calmed the storm down. There is nothing greater that experiencing the peace that only Jesus can offer, the peace that this world won’t provide. So grateful for your words and you sharing.

    1. Oh Marketa. Your words bless my soul and inspire me onward. You’re right about Jesus being the only source of true peace. Amen <3

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