Will a crisis teach or destroy? Many people, when introduced to a crisis, will fall prey to exhaustion and fatigue. A crisis can be an opportunity for new beginnings. It can be a time in which new ideas are introduced, and new directions take place. A crisis does not have to be a time of defeat, exhaustion or depression.
The lessons of a crisis can be very powerful. It can also be a time when great lessons are learned. John F. Kennedy once said, “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.”
Here are a few lessons that a crisis can teach.
During a time of crisis, a support network can evolve.
A crisis can help reduce life to its basics. During a period of crisis, we are forced to focus on that which is most important. This behavior is a time when we can define ourselves at our best. We filter out those things that mean less to us and embrace that which is most important. In essence, a crisis can be a true friend.
During a time of crisis, the most important things in life will move to the front.
Those things that have taken up a lot of our energy, strength and time will be placed on the back burner. A crisis is a way of purging the less important.
During a time of crisis, we will be driven back to those we love the most.
If there has been a time in which we have ignored them, brushed them aside, or just have not given them time, during a crisis, this will change. Woodrow Wilson said,
“At every crisis in one’s life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving.”
A crisis will help us focus on the meaning of what life is all about.
Focusing on the meaning of life will help us concentrate on those things which are of the greatest value. A crisis does us a favor by clarifying what we deem to be most important. Richard Nixon was heard to say, “The easiest period in a crisis situation is actually the battle itself. The most difficult is the period of indecision — whether to fight or run away. And the most dangerous period is the aftermath. It is then, with all his resources spent and his guard down, that an individual must watch out for dulled reactions and faulty judgment.”
A crisis introduces us to new possibilities.
A crisis is a time when we see things in a way that we have never seen before. A time in which we would never have seen things the way we see them now. Crisis wakes us up.
None of us desire to be engaged in any crisis.
We do not want to lose a job. We do not wish to see anyone in our family become ill. We do not desire to see any negatives come our way, but here is a fact- each of us will encounter a crisis at some time in our life. The question is, “What will we do when a crisis comes our way?”
One of the greatest lessons that we have in the message of Jesus Christ is that God came to earth, walked in human form, and experienced crisis. Before his crucifixion Jesus said to his disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled, if you believe in God believe also in me…..” Jesus goes on to teach his disciples many more lessons about the crisis of his crucifixion which was about to take place. One of the greatest things that Jesus taught his disciples during this time of crisis was that the experience can awaken us to opportunities and possibilities that have a positive.
This statement may not make since if you are going through a crisis. However, this is one of the greatest promises we have as Christians. The Lord never leaves us nor forsakes us.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6
In all the problems of life, the Lord is always with the believer. His presence can teach us how to deal with any crisis.