This morning, during my usual time of prayer and meditation, I came across the follow scripture – from Proverbs 3:21-26:
- My child, don’t lose sight of common sense (wisdom) and discernment.
- Hang on to them,
- for they will refresh your soul.
- They are like jewels on a necklace.
- They keep you safe on your way,
- and your feet will not stumble.
- You can go to bed without fear;
- you will lie down and sleep soundly.
- You need not be afraid of sudden disaster
- or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
- for the Lord is your security.
- He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
These are deep and comforting words for all of us who take them to heart. How many of us, in the midst of our crisis or personal problems become completely scared and uncertain of what the future holds? How many of us feel completely turned upside down and troubled by the looming chaos that surrounds us? The truth is that when we spend our time and energy focusing on our crisis or problem situation, we become more and more frustrated, confused and distraught.
Your Crisis is like a Dark, Lonely Road
Imagine for a moment that your problems or crisis represent walking at night down a dark road. It can be scary, lonely, depressing and make us horribly anxious. Nobody would enjoy this type of situation. Now let me ask you a question. If you were all alone, by yourself on a dark road and lost, what would help you?
If your answer is a light, a map, a car or even someone to guide you, then you’d be correct.
Do you think it would do you any good in this situation to just keep wandering around, stumbling and trying to focus on the darkness?
In my time of coaching people in crisis, I find that many people often lose sight of what’s most important as they become carried away and even obsessed with their problems. This is easy to do when our lives seem to be spinning out of control. Our knee-jerk reaction is to focus on the crisis and try to fix the problem, often making things worse as we lose site of the bigger picture. Not always, but oftentimes, we end up in crisis or in difficult (dark) situations because we weren’t prepared, kind of like a child wandering out by himself before sunset and then finding himself all alone in the dark night – lost, unknowing and without guidance.
Can you identify with this?
Shine Some Light on Your Crisis or Difficulty
In the above Proverb, God reminds us to not lose sight of wisdom, common sense and discernment. He then tells us that clinging to truth, wisdom and what’s right will refresh us and protect us. His promise is that as we walk through life, staying focused upon what’s right, good, wise and truthful – He will guard us, keep us safe and will protect us from stumbling along the way. Sounds like a strong dose of bright, redeeming LIGHT to me – just what everyone needs, but especially those of us in crisis or a difficult situation!
Here’s the point –
Being in tune with God’s truth and wisdom is like walking down a dark road carrying a bright lantern to light your way. You may not be able to see very far ahead, but as long as you carry that light with you, your path will continue to be visible. You won’t stumble or fall, because you’re surrounded by a circle of light. When you happen upon a pothole, cliff or dropoff area (all problem situations), you’ll see them before stepping, because your path is illuminated or lit up.
God’s Promise – Peace & Safety
In the above verses, we read God’s promise. He uses words like “you will sleep soundly”, “you need not be afraid”, “the Lord is your security” . . . These are things that we all could use, whether in crisis or not. Wow, what a comfort to know that as we trust in God and His truth and protection, while clinging to His wisdom, that He’ll protect us and even keep us from falling into a trap.
In today’s difficult and troubling times, we would all do well to meditate and seek to be grounded in God’s eternal truth and wisdom, knowing that He will guide us, protect us and give us peace and security for the future. Could anything top that?