The Grace of Crisis

Imagine the befuddled expression on a teen’s face hearing a parent calmly proclaim, “For your birthday this year, I want to give you the gift of a huge crisis.”

While many a parent might on occasion be tempted to devilishly smile at such a thought, certainly such words would evoke an expression warped by a grimace and accompanied by, “What?”

Regardless of our age, our aversion to crisis remains strong. In fact, when facing them do we ever view them as a gift? After all, we view the grace extended through a gift as being something that is desirable and good. Severe troubles are a sharp contrast causing undesirable painful stress.

And yet, an event unraveling life might be the most valuable gift a person could receive. Sure the crisis might cause misery, but not all distress is evil.

Whenever someone’s life is blissfully floating along ignoring God, unaware that a monstrous waterfall will devour their very being in death, a crisis awakening them to their reality can be the biggest most important gift someone can receive.

The source for the difficulty does not affect it being an event of grace. Whether trouble erupts just because a person was in the wrong spot at the wrong time, as consequences for one’s own actions, from Satan’s desire to evoke human rage at God, or for whatever other reason, a crisis presents the opportunity to learn life is not sustained just by food, wealth, ability, health and friends. We need God to live.

For those who have eyes to see, a crisis provides the opportunity to stop and re-evaluate. Potentially it can be an event precipitating being rescued by Jesus. While we may never enjoy a crisis, they can be good for us.

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