Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Colossians 4:5-6 NLT
What is your first response, when something goes wrong? Is it for you and your family, or for others? When we face crises of any sort, usually our first thought is to worry about our own welfare and that of those we love the most. It’s a reminder of the fractured world we live in, into which Jesus brought the message of others first.
So, recalling the question: ‘Isn’t this surprising?’, we then ask ourselves a second question: “What’s the opportunity here?” This immediately slows our need for an instant response. We press the pause button and consider our circumstances in greater detail. This pause is a wonderful opportunity to consider our options. As scripture says, it is the fertile ground from which wisdom springs forth.
While the pause button is pressed, I can consider my situation from deeper within my consciousness than my initial superficial rush of instinctive responses. These are seldom either helpful or informative. As mentioned earlier, Jayne has a chronic health condition. Earlier this year, she suddenly felt a lump the size of an egg on her neck. Ringing the GP, she was summoned for an immediate consultation and the process began to rule cancer in or out. Fortunately, it was benign, yet still exceptionally uncomfortable.
We remembered from the start to press the pause button, and reflect upon the possibilities this situation presented us. It was a painful experience, beset with human fears. Yet, we were able to reflect upon the many encouragements we enjoyed with God. Reminded that life is short, we rested and reflected in the present moment.
When challenges confront you, can you press the pause button? God is with you within every circumstance. You can find God within your present reality. Each challenge is your opportunity to discover more of God and yourself.
Our lives move at a far slower and considered pace these days. Our ambitions and aspirations are for a gentle life of friendship with each other and with God.
What is the opportunity here, for you, today?
May I look for you today, Lord, whatever the situation.