Day 112 – Crisis Response
On: February 20, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. Luke 8:40-42a

I remember reading this passage, years ago, when the daughter of friends was dying, aged 12. It was a desperate time as we regularly met to hear how things were progressing and to pray for God’s healing. He didn’t heal and she died. Her parents, rather than becoming understandably bitter and turning away from God, joined the leadership team in the Explorers Sunday School group their daughter had been part of. 15 years later they are still there.

I wouldn’t wish something like this on anyone. My own daughter was a similar age and in the same Explorer group at the time, and I recall thinking, “How would I be reacting if I was in their shoes?” But their response illustrates an important reality: a crisis either makes us or breaks us. My friends turned to Jesus and their faith and resultant service were strengthened.

Difficulties will always cross our path. About that, we can do nothing. We can do something about our response to the crisis. And that can start right now, by praying that Jesus would open our eyes to the growth potential of such crises and guide us through when they come.

Today’s image: The mineshaft in Cornwall where 100 miners lost their lives in 1919 as a lift broke.

for I am convinced that neither death nor life … nor anything else in all creation, will be  able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:38-39]

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, it’s impossible to be “bullet proof” in life, but I want to be secure in my heart and mind that no crisis will separate me from your love. Rather, if I will but cling to you, you will grow me through each trial. Amen

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