Does “Trauma” Apply?

Listening to a Wild at Heart podcast series.* John Eldridge, a legitimate counselor and therapist, talked about the trauma we have been in and are affected and afflicted by. I have not thought of that description—trauma. What else could better describe the past 18 months?

When I turned off the treadmill and paused the podcast, I got a phone call from Susan to talk about my automobile’s manufacturers warranty. Best laugh I’ve had since July. She must be my friend because she calls more often that my grandkids. Does Susan and her company think I’m worrying about that warranty while I’m praying about Afghanistan, Southern Border invasion, hurricanes, a government gone rogue and Covid? And! Real friends who are long-haulers, and those who are not well. They are using up my prayer bandwidth!

Eldridge and team talked about the necessity of healing, recovery and restoration. In what aisle at Walmart or Target is that to be found? In what terrain is that spiritual power found? Where is the blessing released? “The Kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy” (Romans 14:17) Not words or yesterday or tomorrow, but today!  I have vision to see that dimension of Kingdom breaking out in healings, fellowship and Holy Spirit activity in the presence of Jesus.

In the third session, Eldredge talks about “Apostacy” that accompanies the Last Days. My thinking has been that apostacy was about abandoning orthodox beliefs and doctrines. Eldredge says apostacy may be faithful people just giving up on God because of too many disappointments and weariness of the conflict.

Chapter 7 of my Mining Rhyme, Reason, Reality book is about digging into my own faith worldview to uncover my beliefs and paradigms concerning the Spirit Filled Walk and living the Kingdom life.

A paragraph from Chapter 7:

“My most used phrases these days are, ‘God, what are you doing? Where am I to fit?’ And ‘What in the hell is going on?’ I have heard of behavior today in universities, medicine and government that could only have been thought up in a satanic think tank.

“In what setting would you feel comfortable to any degree to say, ‘I’m finished. I can’t do this anymore!’? What are your resources speaking to and praying for you to recover and edifying you to renew your strength?

I believe that The Kingdom offers resources through “all kinds of healings,” and that recovery and soul restoration to manufacturer’s settings is available.

The five-fold ministry has a work load these days. When your worldview includes the contemporary ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers (Ephesians 4:11-13), you wonder where the prayer lines for depleted souls are forming.

Your Kingdom come! Today! Now!

© D. Dean Benton

*Wild at Heart Podcast with John Eldredge– https://wildatheart.org/podcast. The September series will pop up beginning with September 6 episode.

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