In my years in this ministry, I have found that there are some people who seem to be reaching out for help and insight and healing. But, after many months – even years – many who profess to want help refuse to receive it. For whatever reason, they either cannot or will not relinquish their tragic identity as an abuse victim to embrace the promising future that lies before them. These people seem quite stuck, perpetually unreachable.
Initially upon leaving an abusive relationship it makes perfect sense to share the many secrets that have been kept, to receive healthy measures of validation and comfort and direction. Sadly, the unreachable have a difficult time getting beyond that stage. They are continually undone, interminably possessed by their disturbing memories. They can recount their tragic stories forwards and backwards, inside out, upside down and sideways. Even many years after being removed from their suffering, their anguish fairly pours out of them with the slightest nudge. It is heart-breaking – a seemingly impossible scenario. The unreachable ones’ identity is wrapped so tightly around their history that they seem to have become resigned to their identity as victim. Continue reading The Unreachable