Recovering from A Major Setback

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We all will suffer setbacks and disappointments. This is part of life. The key issue is how we work through these situations.

We see an example in Scripture when David’s child was acutely ill. “David prayed to God for the baby. David fasted and went into his house and stayed there, lying on the ground all night.  The elders of David’s family came to him and tried to pull him up from the ground, but he refused to get up or to eat food with them.” (2 Samuel 12:15 – 17, NIV)

After the child died, his advisors were afraid of what David’s reaction would be upon hearing of the child’s death. However, David’s response was:

A key principle from this Scripture is to do everything in our power to secure a good outcome when we are involved in a serious challenge.  Particularly, we need to seek the Lord’s empowerment through prayer. However, once the situation has become irreversible; we need to accept the reality and move on following the words of Paul, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13 – 14, NIV)

In my professional and personal life, I have encountered some significant disappointments. I’ve always had the choice to dwell on the negative and stay mired in the disappointment of something that didn’t go well.  However, as Paul admonished, we must put those disappointments behind and take action to change our future course and move forward.

During the unprecedented disaster of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of businesses are being upended, altered into unrecognizable business models while many others unfortunately fail. In many instances, I have taken on the difficult task of helping the business owner recognize that a business has failed.  Despite tremendous effort and prayer, when a business fails, it must be put aside. I understand these are bitter pills to swallow and I don’t make light of the tragedy that follows business failure. However, we need to be able to put failures behind us, no matter how hard it might be, so that we can move forward into new and hopefully greener pastures.

It was a bitter experience for David when he lost his child. Failure is another type of loss.  It feels bitter as we go through the trial; but moving forward, following David’s example, we can walk toward the brighter possibilities of a better day.