"And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren." Exodus 2:11
As a young boy, Moses experienced trauma. From being surrounded by the grief-stricken screams of mothers losing their babies to a murdering spirit to being thrust hastily in a basket and set to float on the Nile River. He went from a warm and loving atmosphere to residing in a cold, idolatrous castle that belonged to the enemies of his people. Moses lived a life that denied him a genuine community. And just when he found out who he really was, his emotions triggered in anger, and the orphaned, yet destined prophet became a murderer.
Moses’ story is not unlike many of ours. Many of us can relate to dealing with childhood trauma that followed us into adulthood. We have been triggered in areas that we’ve managed to mask for years only to have them affect our ability to maintain relationships, to serve faithfully in the work of ministry, and to maintain gainful employment, among other things.
There is hope for us. God didn’t leave Moses alone. He made a way for Moses to receive the healing, validation, and sense of community that he needed to develop the leader that burrowed within him, that one that was hidden behind the scars of a traumatic childhood. This message is a real one that unearths what many of us have tried to conceal. It will reveal how destructive triggers are and makes a strong case for why we need to confront and overcome them. Listen and be blessed.