“...they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city…” Acts 14:19-20
I’ve had some bad days along the way, but nothing comes close to being stoned. I’ve had people upset with me, but never enough that they tried to kill me. I love how God gave Paul the resilience to get back up and the courage to re-enter the city where he was just attacked! How fitting that it happened with “the disciples gathered about him.” He wasn’t alone - his community supported him.
I’m listening right now to my son humming “What Child is This?” as he does homework from online learning. Kids are so resilient. We can learn from them.
"So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him." Genesis 8:16
After the flood, life on earth rebounded through Noah, his family and the animals that emerged from the ark. There is a theme throughout the Bible of destruction and renewal, brokenness and healing, loss and restoration. This broken world does have tragedies, and we do see pain and suffering and devastation. This quality of resilience is vital. We have to learn to get back up off the ground, dust ourselves off and move forward. When we do this, we reflect the example of our Savior!
"He is not here, for he has risen, as he said…” Matthew 28:6
I pray for God to give us resilient hearts and minds today!