Crisis Averted

Ephesians 3:20. “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

A wise Pastor recently said, “The definition of a crisis is an event where you come out of it changed.” (or something very close to that 😊)

Great timing, Pastor Dave, because my workplace is in the middle of a huge crisis for all 150+ employees who serve $40,000+ members. We transitioned 6+ different software systems into one and upgraded our website. Let me just say, it is a BIG FAT MESS!

There’s a scene in Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope – where Princess Leia, Hans Solo, Chewbacca, and Luke Skywalker find themselves on the detention level of the Death Star in a trash compactor whose walls are closing in quickly. Their efforts to slow the walls down were ineffective. Leia and Hans tried every way conceivable to brace the walls with something to stop the progression of eminent death. Chewbacca tried to use brute force. Steel poles were snapped like toothpicks as Luke desperately called out to C3PO on his com-link to shut the system down.

Meanwhile, in another area of the Death Star, C3PO thought that Storm Troopers might have captured the crew, but he couldn’t hear Luke’s cries because he had forgotten to turn on his com. He asked R2D2 to look for the missing friends and began to search for and call out to Skywalker.

Just seconds before the four heroes became pancakes, squeaky little R2D2 reminded C3PO to connect with Luke via his com link. Thank you! As soon as C3PO turned on his com device, he heard Luke’s cries for help and quickly shut down the trash compactor, saving the four panicked good guys.

They all took a deep breath, hugged one another then looked for a way out. And then the next scene began. Just like that. Crisis averted. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. All is well.

IF ONLY life were so simple! Well it’s not. Life is filled with conversions, transitions, and crises.

Below is what are simple and true:

God is in the middle of it all. He is right beside us. He is more than able to handle complicated challenges and is faithful to provide the grace needed for each broken moment.

Without His strength I crumble. Without His presence I panic. Without His Spirit I wander and wonder and wane. When David was in duress, he often spoke to himself in the Psalms.

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.” (Psalm 62:5)

Side note: When I read the GGCC devotions and prayers, often I copy my favorites into an Outlook Appointment to start each day: below is one that I copied from April – I believe. How fitting! Thank you fellow GGCC-ers!

Dear God, thank you for the subtle reminders that you are with us each and every day. Please be with us as we reach out to each other in both the good times and bad. May we be reminded through our daily struggles and joys that we are not alone. We can do all things through You!! In your name we pray. Amen. 

~Jill Maclay

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Mark Autterson wrote:
Thanks Jill
I had forgotten that scene from Starwars. We can find God lessons in lots of places but best of all I like your observation that we support and learn from each other.

Tue, March 20, 2018 @ 3:50 PM

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