Monday, 11 September 2017 12:23

After the Storm

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After the storm...

Relief and grief may exist in the same place at the same time.
It's likely relief and grief co-exist in the same space as the mix of aftermath-emotions crisscross through your soul. The mixture and power of the emotions are, of course, different for everyone. Nonetheless, however they mix-up into your soul, pay attention to the energy it takes and the resources it demands to keep your soul replenished. 

Breathe deeply. Pray constantly. Reflect openly. Sort through it all patiently... 

"For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish." - God (through the prophet Jeremiah 31.25)

You may have confusion and unclear thinking about where you go from here.
Even if it's a new routine for storm clean-up ahead, or the new reality of starting a whole new way of living, conflicting thoughts about what to do next and where next to turn can leave you in a quandary. The mind has to re-create new pathways that seem unfamiliar (because they are). You may tilt your head and ask if this really happened. You're not going crazy. That's normal and necessary to create the "new normal." Ask the Lord to renew your mind (rather than try and go back to the old one). 

Breathe deeply. Take your time. Think out loud and converse with friends about options. Pray for the renewal of your mind.

" transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."  - St Paul (Ro 12:2) 

Get started re-imagining, re-working or rebuilding. 
Even if it's picking up sticks or sweeping up a mess, go ahead and get started toward restoration, renovation and renewal. Probably the most important step is the first one. Go ahead and get started. God has designed you for movement to tend what is yours or minister to others with what is theirs, or join with the community restoring what is ours, together. 

Look forward. Trust wholly God is utilizing your efforts to recreate and create that which will bless you and others. Work. Rest. Repeat. 

"For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  - St Paul (Eph 2:10)
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Pastor Karl Galik

Pastor Karl Galik is the Pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Naples Florida.

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