Saturday, August 18, 2007
How to creatively handle a crisis
I chose this picture because sometimes crisis can feel like the life is being squeezed out of us and our very lifeblood is pouring out just like these rocks look like they were formed by some intense pressure. However, Jesus reminded me that the way to life and the Kingdom of God is by the narrow way, thus a little pressure is someties good for us, in a round about way. Makes us more pliable in God's hands.
God used Psalm 84 to whisper encouragment to my heart: "When you walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of resfreshing springs where pools of blessing collect after the rains. No good thing will I withold from those who walk uprightly."
Doesn't this picture personify this verse? Intense pressure forms incredible beauty.
"Crises can be holy beginnings if we allow them. If we listen, we'll hear God calling from the tumult, as God spoke to Job from a whirlwind . . . Hope lies in braving the chaos and waiting calmly, with trust in the God who loves us. For if, like Dorothy (of Oz in the cyclone), we wait, we may find that God delivers us somewhere amazing - into a place vibrant with color and startling encounters with the soul.
In all those dark moments, O God, grant that I may understand that it is You who are painfully parting the fibers of my being in order to penetrate to the very marrow of my substance . . . quote by Teilhard de Chardin
"In the midst of pain and crisis, God is drawing us to wholeness.
"While a crisis is a summons into transformation, we must also recognize that it's an advent into an entanglement of feelings. Part of living a crisis creatively is identifying and understanding the feelings that come with it. Otherwise, we don't have a crisis, it has us."
excerpts from When the Heart Waits pp. 91-93
Frequently when I spent time with God in the morning, I will copy excerpts into my journal that speak to me. This morning, these are some that I found worthy of my journal. I find that God has me in a place where I need His personal Word to me daily, in order to rest in the shadow of His Almighty Presence. Today His Word spoke most deeply to that place inside that needs Him.
Psalm 16:7-11 (not in that order though b/c He spoke first and then I found my response to Him there also)
I will make know to you the path of life. In My Presence is fullness of joy; In My right hand there are pleasures forever.
My heart is glad and my flesh also will REST in HOPE.
I will bless You Lord b/c you have counseled me; indeed my mind instructs me in the night. I have set You continually before me; b/c You are at my right hand, I will NOT be shaken. You will not abandon me.