“It’s hard to accept a fundamental reorientation of one’s approach to life. The old ways are so deeply woven into our personalities, so grounded in our core assumptions, so rooted in our wounds and in what has worked for us over the years.”- John Eldredge
“Above all else, guard your hearts, for it is the wellspring of life.”- Proverbs 4:23
John Eldredge titles the next section of Walking with God “Fall”. Next, he describes Fall as “a season of crisis and struggle, but then breakthrough and discovery.”
Therefore, the key to processing crisis situations involves a choice between God and understanding. John explains:
“When it comes to crises or events that really upset us, this I have learned: you can have God or . . . understanding. Sometimes you can have both. But if you insist of understanding, often it doesn’t come. . . . so you withdraw a bit from God and lost the grace God is giving. He doesn’t explain everything. But he always offers us himself (emphasis John’s).”
Furthermore, there’s nothing like a crisis to expose our wounds and core assumptions. As long as the old ways seem to be working, there’s little, if any, motivation to change. Yet, in moments where we struggle deeply, we must take great care of our hearts. In fact, the spirit of Proverbs 4:23 cautions us to be really careful of (1) what you give your heart over to and (2) what you let in your heart.
As a result, in the midst of struggle, we cannot afford to make agreements with discouragement, unbelief, striving, or resignation. While we wait for light on the other side, we must shepherd our hearts.
Today’s question: What Bible verses help you establish a fundamental reorientation of your life? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: the new Short Meditation, “But even if You don’t, my hope is you alone”