There is a little Caribou Coffee in Long Lake, Minnesota, where I sat one morning since I’d arrived too early to my visit to Orono High School. I stared at my steaming hot cocoa and repeated to myself: You are going to hell.
Swallow that down, I told myself. You are going to hell, and there is nothing you can do to change it. This realization is your eternal reality.
In the car, I’d been listening to “Spirit” by Switchfoot on repeat: I’ve found all that I want, all that I long for, in You.
It was true then. It’s true now. But in those days, it was a truth that I imagined fell on deaf ears. Spirit, come be my joy. It was the cry of my heart, but I knew I was damned and that joy would be forever inaccessible to me.
I can’t detail exactly how creepy it is become a cardboard person.
To ride the rollercoaster to the deepest depths and then to climb off there.
A reader asked me if I’d ever felt like God wasn’t with me through the storms of my life. Have I felt that way? Yes, intensely.
But I was wrong.
Praise God I was wrong.
All these years later, God has stormed in, torn off my blindfold, wrapped me in his arms, and repeated truth to me till I came to believe it.
Do I still have moments where I doubt? Yes.
But my anchor holds.
I wrote this to remind myself of the truth– the truth that no disorder or devil can withhold from me because my God is stronger:
Wow. Amen, Jackie! I can sympathize with the horrible roller coaster ride of OCD. As you stated, thank God that He doesn’t give up, and that He repeats His truth to us until we believe. More even than that, He HELPS us believe! Thanks for your post. ❤
Great post! Thanks so much. You are truly a blessing.
Thanks Sheilah! Please stop by my blog again!
My heart hurts for the pain you went through. I went through something similar when my OCD held me in the grip of uncertainty. Oddly, I have had to make peace with uncertainty in order to be at peace within.
Completely agree. Embracing uncertainty is what brings the peace. We with ocd spend YEARS running in the wrong direction.
Jackie thank you so much for this. And i also want to order ypur book truest.
I am a Christian who suffers with harm ocd.. So awful 😥
Hi Amy! My next novel is actually about harm OCD and hyperresponsbility! Strongly consider ERP therapy, the frontline treatment for OCD (including harm OCD!). Tons of details about it at http://www.jackieleasommers.com/OCD!
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