Each of us will find ourselves in a really difficult period in our lives – what King David sometimes referred to as a ‘pit’. Listen to inspiring stories of people and what specific truths have helped them during their time in the pit.
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This past teaching time was called “Stories From the Pit;” The stories that Nina & Carol shared touched many of you deeply; we all are familiar with the “pit” experience. We all have our own stories of what helped us in the pit—helpful things we did, helpful things people did, and helpful things God Himself did.
I looked up the word “crisis” in the dictionary. Crisis is:
- A dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life, a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; a turning point.
- A condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.
Crisis is a turning point, a critical event in a person’s life. Crisis brings instability into a person’s life. It’s a time when we re-evaluate our relationship with God and other people. We try our old ways of handling things—these are things that have worked when we’re stable, but now they no longer work.
There are specific things, though, that have been shown to really help people while they are in crisis and both the ladies who told their stories with being in the pit talked about these:
- When you are in crisis, you have come to a fork in the road; your tried and true solutions no longer work and you need to acknowledge that.
- Turn to others for help: don’t be a loner. Let others help you.
- Learn new ways to live.
Nina’s and Carol’s stories were very different, showing different kinds of crises and a variety of good choices made. Carol relied very much on singing and praising the Lord while Nina found it really difficult to pray, but was very honest to a certain small group of friends, relying on them to support her and pray for her. Both ladies made really good choices that have allowed them to approach their crisis with strength. They haven’t tried to handle their crises alone. Both Nina and Carol have chosen journeys that will bring them greater wholeness.
So if you are in a crisis right now, please do not isolate from God or people. Realize it’s an opportunity for change and up ahead will be new growth and stability.