I know, I know. It’s an unusual name for a website. Dragons? How in the world does that apply to cancer and sexual abuse? Trust me. I didn’t pull it out of a hat. Neither am I crazy (though I will admit to being a bit wacko on occasion). Read the explanation below.
And the parched ground shall become a pool,
and the thirsty land springs of water:
in the habitation of dragons, where each lay,
shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
I was only nineteen, and only a few months before had I even started to come to terms with the twelve years of sexual abuse that lay in my memory. The task daunted me, and every day was pain-filled as I walked the darkness of a broken childhood. I was self-aware enough to know that so much needed to change in my life: so many lies I had believed, so many unhealthy ways of coping, so much about relationships to learn. Most days, all I felt was broken and progress seemed one step forward and three steps back. My desperate heart was in sore need of comfort. And God brought it to me in the sweet words of Isaiah 35. The promise in the picturesque language of the KJV was like cool water to my thirsty heart: “in the habitation of dragons…shall be grass with reeds and rushes.”
Habitations of dragons. That was exactly how I felt. The devil had used all the evil perpetrated against me to build strongholds and strengthen lies in my life. Sometimes I felt like I was fighting dragons, and they were deeply entrenched in their lairs. How could I possibly change twenty years of self-protection and survival? Here was the assurance that I would change, that the dragons would eventually be routed, replaced with truth and trust and hope. I claimed it as my own and clung to it during the years that followed.
Now, more than ten years later, I can say, with absolute assurance, that God is keeping this promise to me. God has already reclaimed so much territory in my life for His purposes, so I’m eager to see what else He will do in my life. One by one, His power and my persistence are routing the dragons and I’m learning healthy ways to live and relate to others. It may seem impossible at first, and maybe it feels like the pain will never end, but it won’t always be this way. God can redeem anything, even the dragons.