Trauma is in the eye of the beholder

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“Resilience is a precious skill.  People who have it tend to also have three underlying advantages:  a belief that they can influence life events; a tendency to find meaningful purpose in life’s turmoil; and a conviction that they can learn from both positive and negative experiences.  These beliefs act as a sort of buffer, cushioning the blow of any given disaster.  Dangers seem more manageable to these people, and they perform better as a result.  ‘Trauma, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder,’ says George Everly Jr…”

I recently read a book called The Unthinkable: Who Survives when Disaster Strikes and Why by Amanda Ripley.  Though the details of how people survive disasters are morbidly fascinating, the author is an evolutionist who takes a bleak and sterile point of view when considering the motives of humans under duress.  For her, everyone is selfishly motivated to preserve their genes, and the thought of a higher, more noble way of looking at life is foreign to her.  I think her point of view is sad.  However, I did like her research and anecdotes.  It was fascinating!

It was fascinating that (forgive me for being vague) something like 40% of all the 9/11 survivors went back to their desks and logged out of their email or computers before evacuating the building!  That’s insane!  They felt the building sway and shudder under the impact of the airplane, they could see the smoke and flames from the floors above them, they heard the orders to evacuate, and still they delayed.  They were in denial.

So where am I going with this?  Friends, Jesus is coming back soon.  We can see the signs all around us.  There are earthquakes, wars, rumors of wars, pestilences, famines, and fearful signs in the sky…  and yet people delay in making a decision about Jesus Christ and his message to us.  Jesus is calling us to repentance.  A massive, cancerous growth called “Apathy” has dulled our senses and covered our eyes to the obvious.  We don’t WANT to believe that things are THAT bad, that we would need a SAVIOR.  “We aren’t in need of rescue,” people say.  Yet the signs are all around us.

This old world is straining and shuddering with the impact of collective sin, and yet we delay.  The flames of hell leap higher and higher,  the smoke billows around us, and we deny that we are in danger.  In Luke 21 where Jesus talks of the signs of the end days, he says people will be busy carousing and getting drunk and will be distracted by the worries of life, then this last day will catch them like a trap.

But the most fearful verse, for me is Matthew 24:12 “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”  MOST!  He said MOST!  That terrifies me.  I have no intention of being counted with the majority in that instance.  I am doing all I can to not grow cold even as the heat intensifies around me.  It’s time to wake up.  Shake off that apathy that has held us in its cold grip so that we don’t even sense the burning up of all that hay and stubble in our lives.

Let the fearful events that will be unfolding in our future become a catalyst for change in you.  Take notice of how the world is crumbling and step up on the high rock of Jesus Christ and be saved.  It’s not too late… the tower hasn’t collapsed, yet.

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