Tragedies and crises happen, and when it does, what do you do? Whenever we go through a tragedy or experience a crisis, the first thing to do is to release the grief.
Tragedy or crisis always creates strong emotions. Even though we are not directly involved in a tragedy/crisis, we experience some emotion. It might be fear, anger, worry, depression, resentment, grieve over those who lost things. These feelings can be scary. We don’t always know what to do with our feelings. If we don’t deal with them and stuff it down, the recovery from a tragedy/crisis always takes far longer than it should. Some people are stuffers. When they have emotions, they don’t know how to handle the emotions so they deny, ignore or push them down.
In fact many people use God as an excuse for this. They think God wants everybody to go around all the time with a happy face. Life isn’t always happy. God doesn’t expect us to be smiling all the time.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
“It’s ok to grieve.” We have to face our feelings. To repress these feelings, and push them down, we try to forget it and torturing ourselves by repeating it over in our minds. We should rather release it and tell what you feel to God.
Notice Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your hearts to God, for He is our refuge.” David is a great model to pouring out your heart in the Psalms. God wants to comfort us in a crisis/tragedy. The Lord is close to the broken hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. I’ve actually met some people that think it is wrong for Christians to cry at funerals. Well if they’re a believer and they’re going to heaven, you don’t have to cry for them, but you can cry for yourself because you miss them.
Blessed are those who mourn (Matthew 5:4). Grief is a part of life.
The first thing to do in a crisis or tragedy is to release your grief because if you don’t feelings pile up and they will eventually explode in some form or another. If you don’t talk it out, you’ll take it out on yourself or somebody else. Find somebody to talk to, write your feelings out, it is important.