Have you ever wondered if tragedy in our lives were meant for something bigger? What if the terrible circumstances we faced was simply a lesson to teach us? How does depression, anxiety, cancer or other life problems play into our happiness and joy? Do you believe God has forgotten about you during the dark times of your life? Does the darkness in your life create a sense of hopelessness rather than hopefulness? Have you ever asked God, “Why is this happening?” If you’re like me, you’ve probably asked these questions and more.
If it tragedy hasn’t happened to you already, don’t worry, it’s coming. Tragedy happens to all of us. Whether we find out our child is a drug addict to our spouse cheated on us. In more recent days many have had the horrific experience of trying to hide or escape from an active shooter. Others have been told that they only have a few months to live. Maybe you have been falsely accused of a criminal act and are in the process of trying to rectify your situation. Regardless of your tragedy, does it control you or do you grow from it?
Many years ago, I had to face similar questions. I was sent to the hospital due to a hammer blow to my head. After my stay in the hospital, I had to deal with the post-traumatic stress that ensued. For months, I had to deal with the anger and fear of hearing ambulance sirens. I even beat a large tree in front of my parents’ house with a wooden baseball bat (a year later that same tree died…maybe I hit it too hard…). I had to deal with my past actions, my present situation and my future all within a short period of time.
Like most people, I have had to deal with seeing someone die, a child needing surgery, the loss of a close friend and relative(s), car accidents, anxiety/depression and unemployment, just to name a few. However, within all of these circumstances there were valuable life lessons to be learned. Sometimes, it was to trust God more. Other times it was to point out areas I needed to clean up in my life. Yet no matter the tragedy, no matter the lesson, I survived for a purpose.
#isalt is an acronym for “I survived and lived to..” Yes, the rest of the sentence isn’t there. I did that purposely. Why? Just because you survive something doesn’t necessarily mean you understand the reasons. What do you do with your experience? How do you handle the tragedy and help others? Do you help others or do you wallow in the fear and anxiety because of the tragedy that befell you?
This series will hopefully help you not only to understand the reason for the tragedy but also move forward from it. Tragedies should not hold us back from moving on. They shouldn’t create a sense of paralyzing fear but rather a sense of purpose.
Our lives have a purpose. You and I have survived all this time for a reason. There is a purpose for our lives, whether we believe it or not. The question is, what are you going to do with your tragedy? Will we recognize the purpose or just live with the pain? How can we move forward in the mist of the tragedy? Hopefully, #isalt will answer at least some of these questions.
Beginning next week, you will see titles with the (#isalt) next to it. As we move forward together, I will be tweeting using #isalt to make it easier for you to see. If you’d like, please share a snippet of your story so that others may benefit from knowing that we are not alone. We are survivors. We are loved. We are created in God’s image and He has a purpose for our lives. We live so that others may hear the wonderful story of the love of God, through Jesus Christ.
God bless and encourage someone today.