By September 21, 2014 6 Comments

Slide1Crisis is cathartic – it changes people – for better or worse. The initial feelings of shock’s adrenaline rush wear off and reality begins to settle in.

Fatigue, fear, anger, depression are just some of the emotional reactions.

How can you survive a crisis?

6 Lessons In The Aftermath Of A Crisis

1) You have off-the-chart potential for out-of-control emotions.

It doesn’t matter how patient, caring, and loving you are: severe crisis inevitably uncovers the things which cut to your  heart.

Rejection, disapproval, distrust, and abandonment issues are just some of the triggers which can anger you in ways you never, ever, imagined.

“I can’t understand it. I’ve never been angry like this before!” is a very common tell-tale reaction to crisis.

Working through anger and bringing it to resolution can be the absolute most difficult experience of your life.

Common reactions to crisis include intense or unpredictable feelings, moodiness, a sense of being overwhelmed, and family conflict. People can also suffer from headaches, nausea and chest pain, as well as sensitivity to such triggers as sirens that bring back bad memories.

That’s a pretty normal or typical reaction after a crisis. It doesn’t mean there’s a profound issue.

2) You’re not as strong as you think you are, but that’s OK.

Crisis can surprise you. You’ve been through tough times before but this crisis touched you deeper than the rest.

Conflict, loss, rejection, disapproval, and despair take their toll.

Your body and mind can take only so much before they react either by snapping into an anxious mental state or by simply wearing down.

The slow, incremental wearing down is most damaging.

The onset of mental health issues is not usually abrupt. The symptoms – depression, anxiety, obsessions – can literally sneak up on you.

You may feel “pushed to the edge” and unable to hold up physically, mentally and spiritually.

Before you know it, you’re “over the edge.”

Yet, going through crisis can bring you to a place of clarity.

3) There is a God who is in control – not you.

You may think that the greater the crisis, the greater the experience of a loss of control. It’s not true.

The lesson of crisis times is the same lesson that could have been learned in calmer times.

You are not in control – you never were, you aren’t now, and you never will be. God is.

For people of faith going through all the chaos, the unpredictability, and the anxiety, it’s easy to doubt God. It’s easy to wonder if He really cares.

He does care. He cares enough to risk moving things away from your strength and submitting it to His control.

Yes, you have to “Let go and let God.”

Those who let go always learn a most important lesson: God is in control, not you.

4) God helps you to be stronger than you think you are.

In your weakness, God will demonstrate His strength.

But He can only do that if you patiently wait, persevere and hold onto hope.

God will work through your weakness to change you.

“My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:10, The Message)

No matter how much time God uses or needs, let Him work.

You will learn just how powerful He is and how He can work that power in you.

5) Crisis can change the character and quality of your faith.

Crisis, like all trials, will affect your faith.

Whatever your connection and relationship to God was, crisis can mature it.

God will transform you and your understanding of faith and grace as you allow Him.

6) Crisis is the greatest opportunity for renewal.

Perhaps the Chinese know it best: crisis or conflict is not intrinsically bad – they are opportunities.

Going through crisis from ignition to resolution to restoration is the singularly most life-changing experience.

Be patient.


Watch God’s faithful working in you.

For every setback a crisis brings, God will give you a greater comeback.

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Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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