Have you ever been hurt so deeply that it feels like you will never heal? The type of pain that makes you want to throw in the towel? I must admit . . . I have. I'm sure we all have, and what usually takes us by surprise is, this hurt comes from the people we least expect it to. What does hurt do; it damages relationships, causes strife, and makes a person doubt the importance of their lives. The storm of life may be raging out of control and you don't even have a clear vision of the path in front of you. You been whipped by the wind, bruised by the hail, and battered by the clouds. Still, there must be hope. No matter how low you may seem in your life, there is always a way to look up to the sky, know and understand that even when you are at your lowest . . . even when you have landed in the deepest of pits, there is always hope. No matter how dark it may seem, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

It doesn't matter who hurt you. I can admit the majority of my pain has been from those who have claimed to love me the most. That pain seems to be a pain that cannot be soothed no matter how you choose to medicate it.  Seeing as how family betrayal is always a shocker, it causes one to take it pretty hard.  The wounds can be devastating at best and instill in you a sense of insecurity that never existed before.  You lose your trust, you doubt your purpose and you ponder the true meaning of love.  We've all been there, some at greater levels than others, but the feeling doesn't just up and walk away without leaving remnants of the stinky mess. It can be hard to overcome and find the strength to climb out of the pit you're in. One thing I have learned is, there is always hope.  There is always an escape and just when you feel like you can't take another second of the torture, a cool breeze blows in the aftermath of the hurricane and reminds you of what it feels like to have peace.

The quickest way to overcome hurt, and understand what has really occurred for another person to cause you pain is to look within. Self-evaluation is one of the hardest things that anyone will have to do. It's like taking a huge light and shining it on your flaws and imperfections.  From the way one of your eyes slants a little more than the other to the crooked turn of your nose.  Self-evaluation isn't about beating yourself down even farther into the pit that you are already in, but it is about really taking a magnifying glass to your situation. Sometimes, the person that we need to be delivered from is ourselves. Every major change in anyone's life begins with seeing yourself for who you really are and deciding to no longer be that person. It is often at our lowest moments when we can look up and see the mighty power of God. No matter what our situation may appear to be, or how bad it looks from where we are, we must always remember that we are never hopeless . . . never forsaken. Psalms 7:1-8

Tanasia Thomas