Catapult Crisis to Creative Possibilities

Life can be smooth sailing until a crisis hits and we find ourselves in a spin, desperately trying to regain control. These moments, however, steeped in challenge and unpredictability, can also be the breeding ground for transformational growth. In this blog post, we explore how to reframe crisis into opportunities for creative possibilities through faith and trust in God’s plan.


Catapulting through Crisis: A Personal Story

My world turned upside down the day my husband Rich announced his diagnosis of terminal bone marrow cancer. In an instant, the bubble of our perceived security burst, and we were plunged into the depths of uncertainty and fear. A crisis of this proportion was something neither of us had been prepared for.

Throughout life, we all have our ‘bubbles’ punctured by unexpected events – personal losses, relationship breakdowns, or shattered dreams. Yet, it is in these very moments of crisis that we are presented with a choice: to react with tense turmoil or to reframe the situation and respond with a vision of creative possibilities.


“It’s not the THING, it’s HOW I THINK about the THING.”


Transformative Impact of Trials

The New Testament reminds us that facing tests and challenges with joy reveal the genuine endurance of our faith. It’s during these pressures that our trust in God’s sovereignty becomes more than a mere concept; it anchors us firmly in hope.

 

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3 (NIV)

 

Crisis should not signal a dead-end but a catapult – a chance to harness stored energy and propel ourselves closer to God and to a deeper understanding of His plans for us.


Enduring Suffering and Recognizing Sovereignty

Romans 8:28 reminds us that for those who love God, all things work together for good. This scripture is a light as Rich and I navigate through the darkest valleys of his illness, confronting the reality of mortality while simultaneously embracing the daily presence of God’s unwavering sovereignty.

Just as the apostle Paul writes,

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Whether in times of peace or crisis, this reassurance of God’s active role in reshaping our calamities for His glory instills peace in the troubled heart.


Rich’s Journey of Recovery

Forty-three days ago, Rich commenced a Stem Cell Transplant at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center. It was not just a medical procedure; it became an arduous path shadowed by hope and the tangible manifestation of sacrificial love, as Rich’s sister Lori donated her stem cells.

DAY 41 marked a significant turn in Rich’s health, bringing to light not just his strength but the unwavering love and faith in God’s provision that carried us both through this period of isolation and vulnerability. He has now officially received a successful transplant, and we look forward to going home very soon. His prognosis for the future is excellent.  We are thrilled.

 

Our testimony is:

Crisis reimagined as a divine catapult can lead us to unexpected heights. Every moment of uncertainty, fear, and pain can become an opportunity to grow in faith and realize a deeper purpose that extends beyond our fleeting trials.

In every hardship, we have the choice to surrender our traditional views of adversity and see them instead as divinely given opportunities for untold growth, deeper trust, and a reminder of our sacred relationship with our Creator.

May you recognize the creative possibilities hidden within each trial and allow God to use your crisis as springboards to elevate your spirit, deepen your faith, and manifest His glory in your life.

 

If you’re facing a crisis, remember:

◊ God is with you, even in the storm.

◊ Every trial is an opportunity for growth and deeper dependence on Him.

◊ Your strength is multiplied when you surrender your battles to the Father.

 

Reframe your crisis today – say out loud to yourself right now:

“It’s not the thing that’s happening, it’s how I think about the thing!
I give God the thing, and am open now to His better plans for me!”


May the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

 


 

FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS!

Today, I will focus on:
Moving forward.
Positive outcomes and not obstacles.
How far I’ve come and not how far I have to go.
The blessings and not the burdens.
The possibilities and not the problems.
The miracles and not the mess.
God’s grace, provision, favor, mercy and unending love.
Today, I’ll keep my focus on the faithfulness of God.

– Pastor Rich