We are all feeling the effects of some sort of crisis. Whether it be the latest school shooting, natural disasters, intense weather situations wreaking havoc, family concerns, the loss of loved ones or friends, crisis is far-reaching and never timely.

During life’s crises, our faith is tested. Often our biggest struggle with God is when we want or think we are in control, only to be reminded that God is the only one in control. We need to step back and realize that actually God is getting ready to make a change in our lives--a big one! God is truly up to something!

As trite as it sounds, remember that crisis provides reflection, growth, and opportunity. It’s almost like a crisis is a slap in our faces—a BIG reminder that something needs to be attended to. As Rick Warren said, “We rarely change until the pain we feel exceeds our fear of change.” It’s during a crisis that we feel desperation, yet when we look back, we see that the lesson was on the other side of the crisis.

As God reminded us:

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (1. James 1:2–4)

Think of a big issue in your life right now and ask yourself:

  • Will I work to see God in this situation?
  • Will I look to him for strength and peace when I feel despair?
  • Am I willing to reflect, learn, and to grow?

May your crises be temporary, and your changed heart be everlasting.

Through God’s love,

Tammy Heflebower

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