SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2011 To bestow...beauty instead of ashes." Isa 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?" (Ps 13:2 NIV). Just as lancing a boil is a necessary first step to healing, facing the truth is the first step toward 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 like "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 destabilize 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" (Ps 18:2 AMP). Face it. Find God in it. Follow Him, and He will give you a better tomorrow.
Published on Saturday, February 5, 2011 @ 6:45 AM CDT