You have two choices during this crisis. You can either fall apart or you can fall in place. What you choose will depend on your perspective.
Hopefully, this post will help shift your perspective in a way that allows things to fall into place.
If you are familiar with the gospels, then you know that Jesus (arguably the most successful man that ever lived) was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit when he was baptized in river Jordan (see Luke 3:21 & Luke 4:1)
The interesting thing I want you to consider is that the power he had within him was not unleashed UNTIL he went through a period of 40-days in a harsh desert environment called the wilderness (see Luke 4:14).
This tells me one thing: The wilderness is a place where you and I get to activate the superpower (God given ability) within us.
After Jesus emerged from the wilderness, we was off like a rocket – doing incredible, amazing things that had never been done before. This explains why the Holy Spirit actually led him into the wilderness in the first place!
Though you may not like the wilderness, the wilderness is necessary if you want to fulfill your potential
When I think of the wilderness, I think of a lonely place, disconnected from the world, where people live in an unforgiving environment.
We can parlay this to what is happening today. People are separated from their loved ones. People feel somewhat disconnected from each other. And what is going on seems cruel. Moreover, just like the real wilderness, a lot of people feel helpless during this crisis. In other words, this crisis period represents a wilderness experience.
This means there is an opportunity awaiting us not just to survive this experience BUT to thrive (just like Jesus did) after this experience.
But if we want to survive and thrive, then we must do what Jesus did.
The bible says that Jesus fasted during his wilderness experience. To ‘fast’ is simply to abstain. While the usual practice is to abstain from food (something that we need), in the broader sense, it can be to abstain from something we are used to having or something that we think we can’t do without.
When you are without something you are used to having or something you think you can’t do without, it does two things: (1) It changes your perception of what is important or needed (2) It changes your perception of your own capabilities.
This is the time to really consider what is important to you and to start thinking of ways to achieve it
When Jesus was in the wilderness, he grew his ability to persevere (he did not turn stone into bread), developed his ability to be resolute (he did not listen to crazy suggestions), and decided he was not going to take a shortcut to achieving his goals.
This is an opportunity for us to practice the same and develop the same ideals for our lives.
If we do this now, we will find out by the end of this crisis that we are must better placed to fulfill our highest potential.
Don’t concentrate on what you think you have lost; focus on what you have to gain
If you do this, you will find yourself ready to unleash your superpower when your wilderness experience is over. You will be ready to crush it!
I forgot to mention: Jesus spend 40-days in the wilderness before coming of the place. It looks as if we would have been looked down for ~ 40 days (March 23 – May 1) before we start to come out of it. Make sure you don’t waste the remaining days.