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Facing a Crisis

by | Mar 11, 2009 | Focus on Living | 0 comments

mclendonIn the morning, each of us wakes up to the challenges of a new day.  We will face situations at work or school, difficulties in relationships and occasionally we run headlong into a crisis.

Today’s headlines include Twelve Dead in AlabamaFifteen Killed in Germany.  A pastor was killed over the weekend during Sunday services.  Closer to home, a friend faced the reality of a murder/suicide in the last few weeks.

Have you ever faced something and realized there is absolutely nothing you can do? Powerless.  Helpless.

Maybe you’re like me. I don’t sleep very well sometimes.  I ruminate on the “what if” questions.  Could I have prevented “it”?

Whether it is a situation, relationship or another crisis, I have just now started to learn that I cannot fix everything.  Of course, this comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me as they have seen my failed attempts at fixing things.  All kinds of things.

A little over a year ago, I committed the following verse to memory.  I think about it a lot.

Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who has made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.  Jeremiah 32:17

Now I have said that I believe in God and trust in God for the majority of my still somewhat brief life.  But what does that faith look like?  For me it often looks like I’m in maintaining control instead of trusting what God can do.

Jeremiah describes the God who created the world we live in.  Think about it.  Take a look around.  This world is much more complex than any situation I have encountered.  And some of those have tested me.  The question remains: Will I trust Him?

The scripture goes on to say that “nothing is too hard for You.” Really?  Really.  I am still struggling to learn this one.  Nothing– no circumstance, broken relationship, no crisis is too difficult for the One who created it all.

I am learning.  It’s  a daily lesson.  In reality, my biggest obstacle is my dependence on me.


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