As I was hanging out with my best friend in Sarasota last week and visiting the beach as often as possible the following invitation came to me: No More Catastrophizing!
Following my car accident, I’ve had numbness in my legs, trouble walking, new medications to take, etc. and I’ve had this growing fear that things will get so bad that I’ll have to … (here it is multiple choice: a) have to use a wheelchair; b) quit my job and be on disability; c) have more back surgeries; d) need to sell the house and move into a tiny condo with no backyard to have coffee in; e) all of thee above.
As I was floating in the water I realized I can either look at whatever is coming my way as an impending catastrophe or I can look at it as a invitation to deeper breathing, deeper learning, deeper living. I’ve decided I like the second option, the ‘deepening’ part better than the ‘catastrophe’ part and so I’ve decided to live by Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” – and start ‘hoping’ for the goodness of Christ to emerge in the midst of whatever comes my way.