Isaiah 42:7 - To open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Emotional pain can take you down a road you don’t want to walk.
There are times when you have no strength to fight. You don’t even have enough strength to smile. And so you take the only option you believe will work – You go into captivity in your own home.
It does seem simpler this way than going back out into the world. You can follow your routine and feel the quietness that surrounds you.
So off to captivity you go. Sometimes there’s level ground to walk on throughout your day. Sometimes though, the road is rough as you battle loneliness, sadness and regret.
These things are all part of an anxiety disorder called agoraphobia. And as I’ve written above, agoraphobia can take you captive in your home.
How do you come out of captivity? What can you do to find the strength you need to venture outside your door? Calmclinic.com further describes the disorder, helps you to understand agoraphobia and provides treatment options in their article, “Agoraphobia: Cause, Treatment, Anxiety.” The website also provides a test you can take to calculate your anxiety severity.
God can help set you free from your prison and bring you out of the darkness and back into the light of life. Then you can be brave to take that first step out your door, because you know you’re not in this alone.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.