When adversity strikes, we often feel despair and hopelessness. There are no immediate answers to the big question, why? My grandmother used to say that why was not in the Bible. We used to laugh because it did not give us any answers but it didn’t stop us from asking the question.
Sometimes, “A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.” (Author Unknown) However, we must focus on healing or binding up whatever or whomever remains. There is no time to become like the Petrified Man and stand with our mouths agape.
Adversity is a strong signal that there is obviously a lot of work to be done. So, instead of becoming frozen or spreading toxic tales of woe, it is time to roll up our sleeves and get busy. One great orator gave a speech asking, “What’s in your hand?” He was asking each person what he or she had to offer or give towards building solutions.
Ask yourself: Can I wipe a tear, hem a dress, cook a cake, give a hug, lead a child or counsel the broken-hearted? We all have gifts so when the unimaginable happens, we must first get over the initial shock. Then, we should make ourselves available and ask how we can be of assistance? What are my gifts? What do I do well?
Once the guidance has been given and we know where we should be, then we must get busy. It is our duty to share what has been graciously gifted to us. Erma Bombeck wrote: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything You gave me.”
July 9, 2016