By Tricia Cross

I hope this brings encouragement to someone who is struggling with life today; I know it did for me.

In my quiet time I studied “resilience.” Here is the definition:

  1. The power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
  2. Ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.

Are you in a season where you feel bent, stretched, compressed? Do you need to recover?

In Christ we have resilience.

We often believe that whatever we are going through will take forever to work out and heal from. But we have a God that desires to work in our lives. We can come back from something meant to crumble us, knock us down, and STAND when we remove every defense, take our hands from our hearts, and let God have it, saying “Go for it God. You have full access to my heart and healing.”

God wants to work speedily in our lives. “… let your compassion come quickly to us, for we have been brought very low.” (Psalm 79:8)

I’m not saying that we don’t need to take time to work something out or to heal. Goodness knows I am in a season where I desperately need that, but what if it didn’t have to take forever?

What if we allowed God full access to whatever it is and he worked it out speedily! With Jesus we can get our bounce back. He can and will take our brokenness and use it for good. We don’t stay there.

“The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread. For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the Lord Almighty is his name. I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand—I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’” (Isaiah 51:14-16)