Romans 10:13 HCSB
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
PTSD throws me back to the times and places of my attacks. Not only do I feel emotionally and physically everything around me, I also hear everything that was happening then. I smell everything just like it was. I can even taste the moment. Everything in the here and now melts away and I am thrown back into that exact moment over and over again. I relive it like a nightmare that will not end.
As I sit in my pit of despair, when my PTSD has sent me over the edge and all I see is darkness all around, the old demons come back. I can hear the laughter and hissing all around. I feel the inky darkness of evil overtaking me. Thoughts of self mutilation and even suicide become a familiar tune.
I have admitted these feelings to few people. Only a couple of people in my life truly understand and have even walked these pathways too. As a matter of fact, this is the first time I have put these thoughts in writing. My poetry is often dark and obscure, but I have never out and out talked about self mutilation and suicide.
I have done lots of research and ready many books on PTSD, as well as other mental disorders. For years my doctors thought I was bipolar. It took one doctor to finally look at me and hear my story to realize it was actually PTSD.
Recently, I picked up another book from an author not only spoke to me, but seemed to be walking right beside me. In the Middle of the Mess is Sheila Walsh’s story of her own fight with depression, including suicidal thoughts.
In one part of the book she was describing a particular night where she was fighting the darkness all around her. Her experience was very similar to the one I described above. She remembers calling out Romans 10:13
“I called that verse out loud and I believed it. I called on His name and believed Him. I had been saved from hell and into eternity ever since, as an eleven-year-old girl, I accepted Jesus as my Savior. But that night I needed saving in the present, and I knew it. It wasn’t that I needed to become a Christian again; instead, I needed the power of the living Word of God to save me from the present tormentors.”
I have been saved since I was seven years old. I am a Pastor’s wife and have been in church all my life. I have heard or read that verse millions of times, but never like this. I have always read it as part of the salvation road or Roman’s Road as we always called it. I never looked at it in present tense. I called out and the LORD saved me.
In the middle of my darkest times, I call out and the LORD saves me.
I don’t know what you are going through right now or what you may be facing tomorrow. I do know that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. This does not just mean salvation from your sins when you become a Christian. You will be saved from your circumstances. I don’t know how. I don’t know when, but I know the LORD will save you! So hang in and repeat this with me and keep repeating it until you believe it!
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13
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