And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
My sister drives truck, and she listens to Christian radio. Today, she heard a broadcast from Focus on the Family, http://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/healing-childhood-traumas-pt2 . She called me to share the courageous story of a lady who experienced a lot of childhood trauma.
The radio broadcast was about the life of Stephanie Fast. She was born in Korea. At the age of three, she was abandoned by her mother. She lived on the streets for the next five years. Many terrible things happened to her. She ate mice and locusts. Men threw her in a building infested with rats. She watched her friend get eaten by rats. She acquired lice, had scars, sores, and boils on her body. She was dirty and grimy, and had no one that loved her.
A volunteer from World Vision was sent out to collect infants and children up to the age of three who were living on the streets, to take them to an orphanage. Stephanie was eight-years-old, but she was laying beside a dumpster, and was very ill. She weighed maybe thirty-five pounds. The volunteer felt sorry for her, and took her to the orphanage even though she was well above the age normally accepted. Stephanie helped the orphanage care for the young children, and got them ready for the people who came to adopt children. She did not have faith that she, herself, would get adopted.
God sent a Christian couple to the orphanage. When they saw Stephanie, they knew she was the one they were to adopt. Stephanie’s father-to-be had so much compassion and love, but Stephanie spit at him, not sure of how to accept the love that was offered her the first time he touched her face. They took Stephanie to America. She accepted Jesus as her Savior in order to please her new found parents.
Inside she was hurting. At fifteen, she started to withdraw from people. Her loving Father was able to speak to her the words she needed to hear. –Jesus could identify with everything she was going through. Her father told her that she was broken, and only Jesus could fix the brokenness. Jesus did not just feel sorry for Stephanie. In human form, He experienced rejection, He knew what it was like when people hated Him, and abused Him, and knew what every sin felt like, because He took them all upon Himself so He could understand what it was like to be human. Jesus didn’t just sympathize with her, He could identify with her, and all her pain.
Stephanie said that if people want to help others, they have to allow God to work, and not force God’s healing. He has the power to heal, and will work when the time is right. Workers also need to identify with the pain others feel, not just try to cover pain with their sympathy.
Stephanie is now married, and still has problems with her past. She understands that Jesus is the answer to all brokenness, and she is God’s work in progress.
If you would like to read more of Stephanie’s story, she wrote a book, called, “She is Mine, A War Orphan’s Incredible Journey of Survival”. http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=413422&event=ESRCN
Dear Jesus, there are so many people who are hurting, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. No one can help them but You, because You can identify with each one of us. You have experienced hurt and rejection, and the pain of sin. You also have conquered death and sin, and You have risen from the dead. You have the power to raise us from sin and death, and forgive us too. You have the power to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. You have disarmed the powers and authorities, triumphing over them by the cross. Through You, we have victory! Thank You! In Your Name, Amen.