I was at a meeting yesterday where we talked about some of the students, we have that are in crisis. Kids are in crisis all over the country and not just at my school. Depression, anxiety and lack of a sense of belonging have been rampant for years not only in kids but in adults as well. We keep working on ways we can help our students and we come up with new ideas, new protocols and new systems to try to help them. It seems that new types of crises are emerging all the time. Kids that were happy at the beginning of the year have fallen into dark holes of despair and it is hard to pull them out. What do you do when you are in crisis? Who do you turn to? What methods do you use to come out of the crisis? When I left the school, I had a bit of that chaotic feeling that was attached to our discussion during the meeting. You could feel the anxiety rising in the room while we were looking for solutions. One teacher even said that the staff was in crisis dealing with all the chaos. As I was driving away, I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to carry any of that negativity with me. I did what I always do in times of crisis. I go into my refuge and I spend some time there away from people. What does my refuge look like? Let me tell you more about the place I visit in times of crisis. It has made a huge difference in my life. The Lord is my refuge and He has shown me how to get to a place of peace and rejuvenation.
First, I need to say that I totally understand how hard it can be to look for help when we are going through a crisis. Sometimes the last thing we want to do is talk to someone. When I am in crisis, I isolate myself. Not to cry in a corner but to seek the face of the One who will help get out of the corner of pain and misery. During times of crisis our senses are all over the place because they are stimulated by a lot of negativity. It’s hard to be rational. It’s hard to make the right decisions. It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Therefore, it is important to hit our senses with all the positive energy that is available. For me that positivity comes from the Lord. When I am in crisis, I jolt myself back to normalcy with the power of the Word of God. I speak over the feelings. I speak against the negative emotions. When I was driving away from school yesterday, I started speaking out loud in my car so that my mind and my heart would hear what the Lord had to say about my situation. This is why spending time in the Word is crucial because it allows us to know what to say when the going gets tough. We can quote the verses that bring peace and that bring us to a place of deliverance. I did tell a friend that there was a lot of heaviness during the meeting but I also said that my Lord outweighs the heaviness and the negativity was no match to Him. I don’t necessarily know the verses verbatim but I am very familiar with their message and it’s that message that takes me to my place of refuge.
My refuge is this beautiful place where I find myself alone with the Lord. There is no distraction. All I do is contemplate the majesty of the Lord and I humble myself before Him. I tell the Lord that I am nothing without Him. I tell Him how much I adore Him and I just sing to Him with all my heart. You should have heard me in my car yesterday. I belted it out. I sang to Jesus. I reverenced Him. I focused on Him. You see, He is always a refuge, a stronghold of peace and love but we must get to that refuge. We need to reconcile our world with His world by letting His trample ours. His world, the place of refuge, is way better than our environment where negativity can pollute the air any time. God is our refuge and our salvation. A crisis can make us feel like we have lost our way but God is the way and when we put Him above our troubles, He takes us straight into His arms where we will always find refuge. If you are in crisis today, go to the Lord, go to your refuge. He will shelter you and get you out of your crisis. There is nothing the Lord can’t do!
Suggested reading: Psalm 46:1-3; Psalm 91:2; 1 Peter 5:7