Research reveals that up to 70% of people experience positive psychological growth from difficult times. Growth such as a deeper sense of self and purpose, a greater appreciation for life and loved ones, and an increased capacity for altruism, empathy and desire to act for the greater good. We can learn how to change and grow no matter the obstacles we face.
We always have a choice in how we respond to the situations that life presents. We can choose to seek growth and change, to find the silver lining and embrace the people we can become, or we can harden and resist. This does not mean we ignore our very real needs and fears, but it means facing and embracing them and letting God do new things inside of us.
God’s mercy is revealed in Isaiah 43:19, where he proclaims, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
The “way” God is making is often far more internal than external. Our younger generations are currently learning about resilience, the ability to bend and recover quickly in difficult times. This is a wonderful time for our children to learn from our actions, to become resilient and to turn to that space of growth inside us. Let’s pray that they sense and see God making a way for us.
And just like that mythical phoenix, New life arises from the remains of the old way of being.