When you feel broken it can be helpful to know that you are not alone in your hurt. Understanding that you are not the only one who has walked the path of brokenness can offer a hope in the darkest moments. The world is full of people who have faced things that could break the strongest person. Some examples include:
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in their lifetime.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
According to the National Institute of Mental Healthan estimated 17.3 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. This number represented 7.1% of all U.S. adults.
According to National Alliance of Mental Illness:
- 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.
- 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year.
- 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
- 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.
According to the Center for Disease Control at least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year, and this is likely an underestimate.
Those statistics are staggering, and yet still likely under reported. You are not alone regardless of what you have walked through or are walking through. So many times abusers, fear, or the culture we live in, rob us of the voice to share our experience and begin the healing. Yet regardless of how many others are experiencing pain similar to you, you are more than just a number in a statistic.
There is One who does not count you among the numbers, but instead sees you where you are. He sees your hurt. He sees the broken space. But He loves you. You are precious to Him. He thinks of you often. He counts the very hairs on your head.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You. Psalm 139:17-18
Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works
Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us
Cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered. Psalm 40:5
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31
You are more than a number. You are a precious person. No matter how broken you may feel, know that you are not alone in your hurt. Not because others have experienced similar things, but because ... For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
This blog post is inspired by Anita Ojeda and the #Write28Days Challenge. The challenge is to write 28 days in February. For more posts on this topic go to Broken Vessel.