Crisis Management

We live in the era of the crisis. It seems like every day we’re told of some new cataclysmic event. We’re either facing a security crisis or a privacy crisis or an economic crisis. Every weather forecast predicts some new looming meteorological crisis. The word is so over used that we’ve almost become immune to it…except for the fact that we all have to deal with the reality of the crises that hit our lives.

The thing that makes a crisis so difficult is that it seems overwhelming and beyond our control It’s too big for us. We can handle a leaky faucet. We simply ignore the constant drip-drip coming from the kitchen or we replace a washer and solve the problem. No big deal. A burst pipe, on the other hand, is a different story. We lack the tools and the expertise to solve a problem of that size. One’s a problem…a nuisance. The other is a crisis. Too big and too complex for us to overcome on our own. So, what are we to do?

Whatever shape or form our crisis comes in, there are a few things we can do to get through them. For one, we can pray it through. When things are bigger than us, we’d do well to find someone bigger than them to help us. God is our refuge and our strength (Psalm 46:1). We can turn to him to vent, to cry, to plead, and to find solace and empowerment. In Him, we find the resources we need to deal with our crises. In the midst of your storm, take some time to talk to the one who can calm the waves. Be open and honest with Him. Be vulnerable. Read the Psalms and see how David cried out in difficult times. Look at Jesus in the Garden and see how He poured His heart out to the Father the night before His death. Don’t try to manage it on your own. Let God in and let Him help.

Second, we can press it through. In other words, we keep moving forward. I know this sounds crazy. Sometimes the problems we face seem so big they just paralyze us. We don’t know how to move on through the pain or the fear. The reality is we have no choice. We have to keep moving. Time doesn’t stand still and neither can we. God still desires to use us in the midst of whatever trials we may face. Quitting is not an option. In the midst of our crises, we may find new people to whom we can minister and share the love of Jesus. We may learn new ways to touch lives. We may encounter new and exciting ways that God reveals His glory and power.

Third, we can praise it through. Take some time each day to thank God for what He’s done in the midst of your crisis. Some days it may seem as if he’s done nothing. We may go to bed that night and say everything is exactly where it was this morning. But, that’s not true. Even if the crisis is still there, it’s one day closer to being over. God has brought us through one more day of difficulty. He’s met our needs one more day in the midst of our struggling finances. He’s given us one more day of peace in the midst of strained relationships. He’s given us one more opportunity to be with an ailing loved one. Sometimes one more day is a big deal and we can be thankful for it. So, stop and praise for what God has done today in the crises of your life.

So when the leaky faucets of life turn into burst pipes, pray to the One who is bigger than our problems. Keep pressing forward through those problems. And, as you do, pause and praise God for how He’s worked in them today. These steps may not solve our crises (although I wouldn’t underestimate the power of prayer), but they will definitely help us manage them.

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.” (Psalm 40:1-3 ESV)