What do we do when we face a situation that is beyond anything we have ever faced before? How we handle a crisis can tell us a great deal about the quality of how well we function as a person in the world. If we become immobile and frozen with fear, we will have fewer resources to grasp a hold of to help us manage the difficulties that sit before us. The key at these times is to remember that we have resources, there are many people who want to help us and God is faithful and will send us what we need.
During those times when I don’t know if I have the strength to handle what is before me, this passage from First Corinthians comes to mind. If I can remember that through His immense faithfulness and steadfast love, I can cling to Him and He will protect me from anything I fear, I know I can get through whatever I must face. This does not mean that those who believe in, and turn to, God will have fewer difficult things happen to them. It means that when difficult things happen, we can turn to our God, the one in whom we have placed our trust, and know He will bring us through the storm.
We may find that when difficult things happen, we can’t pray. And we know that is the exact time that we think we need to pray! So this is what we must request from others when they ask us what we need: ask them to pray for us, our situation and a positive resolution because we are unable to pray at this time. God loves us and is here to be present to us and offer us His consolation and solace. Do what you can, ask others to pray and trust that God will bring you through any difficulty you face.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.