My last post was about weariness…but, this word came to me on Monday…and I like it…resilience. Look at how Dictionary.com defines it.
- The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy.
- The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed; elasticity.
I attended a job search workshop and our guest speaker for the day is someone who calls himself a “change coach.” He truly embraces that there’s one thing certain in our lives and that is “change.” He went on further to tell us that the sooner we can embrace this reality, the better it will be for us. And at the same time, we need to remain resilient. Even though we faced the loss of a job, we do have the ability to recover quickly from it.
And for those of you whom trust in God…we understand that. Our recovery is due to Jesus Christ and the fact that the Holy Spirit guides us into the hope of the future…the past is the past.
Look at God’s promise to us. Here’s his recipe for resilience.
Isaiah 61:3 -
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
Just look at that–in my case – for those grieving over a job loss – He is going to bestow on me a crown of beauty…in place of ashes, I’m going to have gladness and praise instead of mourning. Woo hoo. If I remain resilient in Him, joy is going to come.
So friends, if you are weary…stay in the boat. The storm will eventually stop and the waters will become calm. There will be more celebrations in your future. God promises.