‘…To bestow…beauty instead of ashes…’ Isaiah 61:3 NIV
The Chinese have an interesting symbol for the word ‘crisis’; it indicates both danger and opportunity. When the stakes are high and the outcome in doubt, purpose can emerge from pain like beauty from ashes. But real healing can’t begin until you face the facts and express your pain. That means doing what David did: taking it to God. ‘How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?’ (Psalm 13:2 NIV) Just as lancing a boil is a necessary first step to healing, facing the truth is the first step towards becoming whole. Those who grow through a crisis learn which hopes, dreams and expectations were violated by the event. They identify where the repair work is needed, then they develop a road map for the future. At first you will feel as if ‘nothing will ever be the same again’. That’s normal. You may have to make adjustments in how you work, where you spend your leisure time, and how you relate to your family and friends. It’s the nature of a crisis to destabilise your world. But it also forces you to reach deep within yourself and find hidden strength you didn’t know existed. You may not feel courageous or hopeful right now, but that doesn’t mean those things aren’t there waiting to be tapped. Even though you don’t feel strong today, you can draw strength from the One who is. ‘The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God…in Whom I will trust…’ (Psalm 18:2 AMP) Face it. Find God in it. Follow Him, and He will give you a better tomorrow.
SoulFood: Lev 18-20, Luke 21:12-24, Ps 25:16-22, Pr 10:2