God Doesn’t Have Crises
This week has been eventful, sad, good, overloaded, and beyond my ability to control it. One of my best friends got married Saturday, my precious grandmother had a stroke Monday (I was so sad and heartbroken for her that I had a hard time being in the hospital room), and my little brother’s first son, Tyler Joseph, was born Wednesday at 4:12 in the afternoon. I had a wide gamete of emotions going on from the beauty of new love to the preciousness and fragility of life.
Thursday at 4:49 am, I spilled coffee on my keyboard and ruined my laptop. This is the week that I was supposed to be working on research paper that is due! After spilling my coffee on my keyboard, my husband awoke to find me on the floor, on my knees with my face in my hands. I was silently speechless as to what I was going to do regarding recovering my data (everything), and buying a new laptop and still meeting my deadline. I was praying.
Later on that day, on my way to work, I called my fellow Warrior Moms. One offered up prayer on the spot! She praised God for provision for it and told me that this is absolutely no reason to cry: God’s in control. I called another Warrior Mom who later met me at the office supply store after we both got done working and commuting from Atlanta. She purchased the laptop for me. I told her I’d pay her back next week when I got paid.
Yesterday was a whirlwind! The entire week has been a whirlwind! Let me outline just my day yesterday:
Got up, made coffee, prayed for blessings, expanded territory and protection for me and for all.
Yesterday morning: 4:49 am ruined laptop. Prayed some more.
Showered (still praying).
Called 1 Warrior Mom.
Warrior Mom prayed for me over the phone, and said she’d ask her husband which computer I should buy.
Called 2nd Warrior Mom. Warrior Mom 2 said she’d buy me a lap top tonight after work (I’d pay her back when I got paid).
Worked all day.
Drove from Atlanta
Got home and picked up my daughter, brought her to a fellow-soccer player’s house so she could get a ride with her to soccer practice.
Went home and talked with my son for 1 hour, practiced his Spanish with him, called around regarding computers, and then told him I’d get dinner for him on my way home from the office store.
Met Warrior Mom at the office supply store. Got new laptop.
Praised God all the way home with tears in my eyes.
Picked up dinner for my son on the way home.
Dropped off dinner for him.
Picked up daughter.
Picked up dinner for daughter and husband and me.
Got home, ate and talked with family about my husband’s parent-teacher night, my daughter’s soccer practice, my son’s day of 7th grade and homework.
Set up new computer with my husband. Well, actually, he got it connected to the internet while I fell asleep on the dining room floor in my clothes (only for about 15 minutes).
Woke up and then went to bed.
Didn’t get any school-work done, but I survived life that day!
What is amazing to me is I did not freak out, cry, or become hopeless. Ten years ago, oh let me be more honest than that: pre Warrior Mom days, I would have cried and been frozen in fear in my office; maybe even called into work and said, “Can’t come.” What I find amazing is that God doesn’t have crises, and He expects me to not have them either. It goes back to what the first Warrior Mom said, “This is absolutely no reason to cry; God is in control. He knew what you needed before you even asked Him, and He already has a plan.” She’s right. It’s amazing how much time and energy was saved yesterday by simply relying on God to work it out. I am also reminded of why God wants us in community with other believers.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity a man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
This verse, along with John 1:1 are my life verses. John 1:1 states that The Word is God. The Word, i.e., God, has changed my life! Because He is Love! (1 John 4:16 sates, God is Love.) This second verse, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 is life changing as well because it is so true! Prior to Warrior Moms, I fell and I had no one to call to pray for me, let alone show up and let me borrow close to $700 for a week. When I was driving home from the office supply store, I felt so loved, I could not contain it! My husband, after a long day of teaching and having a parent-teacher curriculum night, stayed up to midnight, while I slept on the floor and got my computer “good to go” for me. God provided for me in mighty ways, and He used people to do it! These are faithful, beautiful, lovers of God people who know that unity in community is essential to living a victorious life and when they are called on duty, they don’t hesitate. No, they just report “as ordered.”
When I was in the Air Force and I was called to my commander’s office for some reason, I would walk in, stand at attention, and then solute saying, “Airman Seymour reporting as ordered, Sir.” That’s what my husband and these two Warrior Moms did yesterday and to God, for them, I am eternally thankful.
God truly does not have crises because He is always in control. I definitely am not in control. Yes, I did have an experience that the world would have labeled a crisis, but because Christ is in control, I can rest assured, I will be delivered every time.
Crisis and Christ is sounds strangely, phonetically the same. I believe that there is a direct opposite positive truth for every negative phrase the world tires to throw at us, and they can all be found in the Word. When “crisis” hits, I will encourage you to get on your knees and say, “Christ is in control; I will trust.” And, then, immediately call on other Warriors to pray for you. You will not be overpowered because you trusted in The All Powerful God and His Army of believers. And if you don’t yet have an army of Warriors to call upon, connect with others until you do. Become a member of a supporting, loving, community of believers.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Her am I. Isaiah 58:9
Kristina Seymour loves to encourage and equip women through the Word and through community. She is the author of The Warrior Mom Handbook, The Warrior Mom Leadership Manual, and The Warrior Wife Handbook; they are available at Amazon.com. Kristina's Bible studies are for women who desire to live by faith in the midst of their everyday lives. She has learned that women can't survive on caffeine and animal crackers alone; women in the Word and in community are united and able to stand firm. To learn more about Kristina, please visit her website, https://kristinaseymour.com/. God loves to share His story of love and grace through us all, and Kristina believes that everyone has a story to tell.