Life is filled with highs and lows. The high moments are wonderful. We love those. But, life isn’t all highs. There are low moments as well.
Proverbs 18:14 says, “The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?”
Has your spirit ever been crushed? Mine has and I’m guessing yours has as well.
Losing a job can crush our spirits. Going through a divorce can crush our spirits. Being let-down by a friend can crush our spirits. In sports, if a team loses a close game, it can crush our spirits. Not getting a job you applied for can crush your spirits. And the list could go on.
What do we do when our spirits are crushed?
First, get up. Now, this may not be easy. When your spirits are crushed, you may want to lay in bed. You are depressed. You don’t want to move. But, you have to get up. If it takes all the strength you have, get up.
Once you get up, put one foot in front of the other. Again, this may not be easy but you have to move.
Ask the Lord for help to put whatever you experienced behind you. You have to be careful here because you can hang on to whatever crushed your spirit. But by God’s grace, try to put it behind. It’s not going to help to hang on to it.
Then, move on. Whatever happened is done. You may have bee treated bad. You may have a right to have resentment and hard feelings but they aren’t going to do any good. Move on.
In the television mini-series “Return To Lonesome Dove,” a character named “Claire” owns a farm in Nebraska. A lightning storm starts a fire and her place burns so she goes to Montana with a group led by Woodrow Call, a former Texas Ranger, to begin a new life.
But they experience tragedy there so Claire decides to go back to Nebraska. Woodrow tells her she is welcome to start there.
She responds, “I appreciate it, I really do. But I’ve learned you don’t run from the ashes, you build from the ashes.”
It’s the same with a crushed spirit; you don’t run from a crushed spirit, you build from it.
Today, the Lord wants to help us build from a crushed spirit.