Many of our family members and neighbors, and perhaps you, too, are survivors of serious accidents, tragic events, or life-threatening diseases. And while surviving the dire effects of life’s of challenges is wonderful, the next goal is thriving. Living life to the fullest, taking the lessons learned and moving forward, finding water in the desert. My blog today focuses on “wilderness” experiences that touch everyone’s lives and how the example of Jesus Christ can instruct, bless, and heal.
Spent any time in the wilderness lately?
Searched for food and water?
Outsmarted your rivals in order to survive?
The reality TV show “Survivor” began its 34th season March 8. That’s a wildly impressive run. It begs the question: Why do people watch reality TV? Psychologists such as Lemi Baruh believe that it’s a measure of voyeurism for most fans — the desire to look behind the scenes of life’s dramas. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, writing for Psychology Today lists a number of other reasons: living vicariously without the fear and trauma, comparing ourselves with others, learning coping skills, finding out how to gauge our own abilities, personality, or emotions; or, meeting unfulfilled needs in our daily lives.
But perhaps there is deeper yearning to know that life’s difficulties have answers. Perhaps for some, it’s knowing that even in the very worst of human circumstances we can find a way out; a way to surmount the fear and challenge.
How about you? Are you a survivor? Even a thriver? While we may not be struggling with the challenges of deserts or jungles, we all have our wilderness experiences — loss of a loved one, unemployment, a devastating illness, loneliness. How do we conquer such trials?