In a Time of Crisis
Our true character is shown during times of crisis. Last year, when a plane Tony was flying crashed with him and three others on board—that was a crisis for us. The instant the plane touched down and I saw it was starting to flip, all I remember was running as fast as I could to reach the plane and see if Tony was ok. All thoughts ceased until I reached the plane. But, after everyone came out (Praise the Lord) without hardly a scratch, thoughts began coming to my mind, that looking back I’m not so proud of. It was a “crisis,” now that we had no plane and we didn’t know what lay ahead. I had thoughts of why, and of doubt and of question. Though I was beyond grateful for spared life, not all of my thoughts were as I would hope they would have been during that time. That’s how crisis works. It shows us our “real” selves.
Moments of crisis lay bare our innermost character, the side of our character that can stay dormant and at peace most of the time, most days. Crisis draws us to our knees as it shows us the darkness that’s inside that maybe we weren’t even aware of. It’s easy to say if this happens or that happens, “I would..” you fill in the blank. But. Until it happens you don’t know how you will react.
I believe many in the world today are facing a “crisis” in their lives. They too are being brought face to face with a side of themselves that surprises them. That’s what crisis can do. During this time of shutdown, lost jobs, and many many unknowns, I wonder how people are dealing with this crisis. God’s word tells us that “He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.” God wants us to have a “sound mind,” no matter the trial or crisis that comes our way. But are we prepared spiritually to react in the ways in which He desires us to? As Christians are we prepared to be the “light to the world” we are called to be in times of crisis? I often thought I would be, but I have seen through some of our trials that God is still teaching me, and I have further to go and higher to climb. I believe I am not alone in this.
Now is the time to learn of God’s ways, to sit at His feet and be taught what He desires of each of us. To submit to His teachings and corrections so that our characters can begin changing into His likeness. So that when (not if) the next big crisis comes we will be more ready than we are today. The Bible tells us that by beholding the glory of the Lord, we are changed into His likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18). It is time now to behold God in His word and to allow Him to teach us and lead us, to humbly be open to the corrections he is trying to make in our characters so that we will be ready to stand with Him on that great and amazing day when He comes back for those whom He is preparing! (Romans 8:30)
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.