Welcome, Reader Friends and New Subscribers! David here. Are you ready for a survival tip? I’ve been busy doing research for other novels, and I’ve pulled out spiritual nuggets as well. In my writing research on survival, of the two phases of crises, which kind of survivor are you? Let’s start in Colombia…
Guerrilla or Christian?
Juan, the Colombian guerrilla, thrashed wildly through the jungle foliage, getting scratches across the face from the branches. His clothes tore and he tripped, falling into a stream and nearly drowning in the foot of water before he recovered.
Sputtering, he crawled onto the bank and collapsed. The reality of the situation slowly began to hit him. His comrades had just tried to kill him with bullets and machetes! He was no longer a guerrilla for the communist party. Now, he was a Christian, and his comrades who had just chased him from camp knew those two identities were mutually exclusive. So, a Christian he would be. And when he returned to the FARC camps, he would tell them how Christ Jesus had rescued him from being the merciless soldier he once was.
From Crisis to Composure
A survivor’s psychological condition goes through two phases in the midst of a crisis situation. The first phase is the Crisis Phase, where the crisis is overwhelming, and thoughts and actions are irrational, even disorganized (like running blindly through a jungle).
The second phase of a crisis for a survivor is the Coping Phase. When mental acceptance of the situation is gained, the survivor begins to cope as he realizes that survival is indeed possible.
As a US military survival crisis requires mental endurance, so does the Christian life require endurance in the midst of crises. As we read God’s Word, we are impacted by hard truths about sin in our lives, or character that needs to be corrected. The only way to move on from this crisis phase is to accept God’s truths by faith. And only in Christ can we cope with these truths to survive and grow.
When crises wash over you, learn to cope and survive with Christ’s grace.
See you in the field!
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