SURVIVING PERSONAL CRISIS…

Have you ever found yourself in a crisis, a situation that you didn’t plan for? Do you currently find yourself in an undesirable and uncomfortable position?

Life will throw you curve balls. You may be going through a challenging period now, where you find yourself in an unexpected storm.

Maybe your friends have turned on you, your spouse has betrayed you, maybe your work colleagues have accused you wrongly, perhaps you’ve lost your job, or things have come up which has placed you in an undesirable financial position.

You may be thinking to yourself, how am I going to get through this? How am I going to make it? Maybe you’re wondering how God could have allowed you to be in the situation you’re currently in.

A crisis can be defined as a time of intense difficulty or danger. It can also be defined as a time when a difficult or important decision must be made.

Crisis can be seen in different ways. To some people, when they find themselves in a crisis, their world has come to an end (metaphorically speaking). To others, crisis can offset depression or self-pity, anxiety, depression and fear, leading them on a downward spiral.

For others, and hopefully yourself, you will see and allow your crisis to become an opportunity! An opportunity to reflect on your current situation, reflect on past decisions, note why and how things have transpired, and an opportunity to revise life goals moving forward. An opportunity to re-visit your life goals and perhaps determine a new route to take you to your desired goal or planned destination.

Sometimes a crisis can be frustrating in the sense of a false accusation or being robbed of something, whether it be finances, reputation, broken relationship. Crisis may be the result of intentional interference or unintentional circumstances that are beyond anyone’s control, eg, economic downturn, natural disaster.

I know years back, when I personally faced a crisis, I have to admit, my initial reaction was fear and worry, which offset anxiety. I was out of my comfort zone, unsure of what to expect, unsure of what is next, unsure how I was going to make it, no knowledge of how things were going to transpire.

Now, when I find myself in a crisis, faced with the unknown, my reaction is no longer one of fear and worry, but rather, peace, solution and excitement to seek the opportunity in my time of crisis, as I trust in God.

One thing I have learnt through many, many trials, challenges and personal crisis, is that God always sees me through. I also know and am secure in the truth that God’s character does not change. If I face another crisis, I can rest and have peace in His delivery and guidance, provision and protection.

No matter the reason you end up in a crisis, you cannot afford to see your current circumstance as anything less than an opportunity. It can be a frustrating, yet an exciting time as you face the unknown.

It is important through a crisis that you manage what you have. Analyse and assess the resources you have and what you have access to. Differentiate between need vs want and make sure you put into place an action plan of how to conserve as much as you can and minimise on expenditure and try and maintain/preserve your resources.

For example, if you find yourself going through a financial crisis, you may need to draft a report of what you do have, how much you need to meet current and upcoming expenses and an action plan of how you will meet each expense. It may mean that you need to look at purchasing weekly specials when grocery shopping, eliminating the purchase of your takeaway coffees, limiting the use of utilities, eg, water, electricity.

It is a good idea to incorporate resource saving processes long term, in order to be good stewards of what God has entrusted you. In my home, once I finish watching TV, I turn off the power at the power point. The only light on is the one that I am using. Initially, some of these practices may require effort and diligence, however, once repeated several time, will become habitual and a way of life.

One example of crisis may be things have gone down in your workplace that has caused job insecurity or job loss. You still have a family to feed, a mortgage to pay, bills to pay, financial responsibilities that still need to be met. This, no doubt can be extremely overwhelming. You have a choice of how you handle your crisis – it is a choice. You can choose to be affected and be slapped with the repercussions of your crisis, or, you can choose to rise above your circumstance and be victorious over your crisis through re-visiting your goals, creative and innovative thinking and practical application.

You cannot afford to submit to your current ‘crisis’, but rather, take it as an opportunity for growth, for greatness and to understand your God given purpose on earth.

Your crisis is temporary! Find peace knowing that what you are facing is just for a season!

Everything is for a season, there is a time for everything! One of my favourite truths in the Bible comes from Ecclesiastes 3.

There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heavens:

  • A time to be born and a time to die
  • A time to plant and a time to uproot
  • A time to kill and a time to heal
  • A time to tear down and a time to build
  • A time to weep and a time to laugh
  • A time to mourn and a time to dance
  • A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them
  • A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing
  • A time to search and a time to give up
  • A time to keep and a time to throw away
  • A time to tear and a time to mend
  • A time to be silent and a time to speak
  • A time to love and a time to hate
  • A time for war and a time for peace

When you reflect on this, it is truth. Life events are seasonal. This is good news! What this means for you is that you may be out of work now, however, the season will end and you will find yourself employed.

If you are in the midst of a crisis and are in need of prayer, you can post a request here. We’d love to pray for you and believe that through your struggle, God will direct you and grant you wisdom to find opportunity to overcome your current circumstance and be blessed.

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