We had elder prayer for our final bible study last Tuesday. There were five elders from the church who came and prayed over each person individually. They had us write our names and one word/phrase to pray for. Resilience was mine. It is something I hold close and always try to remember when times are tough. I knew that was exactly what I need prayer over right now.
I have always pictured resilience in the same way. This goes back to my Forest View round 1 days. The group leader had a lesson on resilience which featured a picture of a tiny plant growing in a crack in the sidewalk. That’s what I think of, someone who grows out of an impossible situation and is able to overcome it. My phone background has been this photo for over two years now to remind me of my own resilience.
As the elders began praying over me, I realized how different of a meaning resilience could take on. One of them gave the image of a bungee jumper. You would fall and struggle almost to the point of no return. Just before you hit bottom, the Lord will rescue you. I really love this analogy. I can bounce back from even the hardest things in life
Resilience has infinite meanings and is different for each person. I will strive to be resilient each day. A few of my favorite examples/definitions:
- The capacity to prepare for disruptions, recover from shocks and stresses, and adapt and grow from a disruptive experience.
- Bending not breaking
- Bouncing back
- “When you decide to give up on giving in” – Todd Carmichael
- The ability to recover quickly from difficulties
- You fail but keep on going
Ways I can practice resilience:
- not giving up after having a hard day/week
- use coping skills when I need them
- reach out to others
- listen to my treatment team as they push me forward in my recovery
- giving myself grace
- prayer and strength from God
- leaning on my support people
How do you see resilience and practice it in your life?