DAILY PROMPT: In a Crisis
Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?
Ok, I have been avoiding this post all day. Crisis, sometimes I think that is my middle name. When I read the e-mail this morning I said to my husband, “ok, which one?” It’s kinda scary when you look back over your life and see how much of it has been in “survival” mode. I guess my life is a testimony, that God is mighty to save.
I don’t want to “glamorize” the past, so I will focus on the question. I can tell you what doesn’t work. Replaying the details in my mind again and again of how I got there doesn’t help. Blaming others doesn’t help. Trying to check out doesn’t help. Leaving doesn’t help. Drinking and using script drugs to avoid it doesn’t help. Ignoring it doesn’t help. Denial doesn’t help. Yep, I tried all of those things when faced with various storms. Needless to say, they didn’t work. The end result was not good.
What has worked for me in a crisis is to pray, and to ask for help. Both require that I admit I am not in control of the situation. Not the easiest thing in the world for me. Like you, I love helping others, but find it hard to receive help. It wasn’t till I was homeless with two kids that I admitted I didn’t have all the answers. I was humbled, and God met me in my brokenness. He sent “Angels” to my aid, too many to name. Yes, God uses ordinary, everyday people like you, to be His Angels. And I learned to receive, from God and from others. Then the waves stopped, the storm was over, and the crisis passed. Thank you Jesus!
It’s only in the storms that our roots grow deep. Thank you Lord, for every crisis you have led me out of. Thank you that I can learn with each trial to trust and rely on You more. And thank you Lord for the Angels you sent my way.