During the course of an incident, as it begins to progress in size and complexity the planning section is established. This member is responsible for collecting, evaluating, and disseminating information about the development of the incident.
While the ‘fires’ of our lives are being fought, we must also be simultaneously: taking care of our family and their needs, pay the bills, buy and prepare meals, and complete the long list of to-do’s in life that are necessary to keep things running (Dr. appointments, oil changes, home maintenance, and on, and on).
How distracted we can become when a crisis consumes our focus! We are taught to avoid the dreaded tunnel vision in the world of firefighting but when your child falls ill can we be expected to maintain that level of professional calmness?
Think of a time when something major happened in your life; and remember how much of your time, focus, and energy it consumed. What would you have given to have someone taking care of the entire entire infrastructure’ of your life while you face down adversity?
To have an individual supporting us during the course of life’s “big incidents” who is calmly planning for the next step is a priceless commodity. My friends, this is the comfort we have in Christ during these trials.
The Bible tells us that if we “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and then all things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:3) To surround ourselves with wise Christian counsels who help hold us accountable is God’s definition of success.
As we form and invest in relationships throughout our lives we may sacrifice our time, our money, and our schedule to help someone. But then, when our life comes crashing down; we can take comfort in knowing that God will provide someone to help us during our trials.
Who do we go to first?
“Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” (Psalm 119:24).
God’s word is also our counselor. We should seek Him out daily in prayer, study, and worship. The more we spend time with Him the more at peace we will be in good times and bad. This ‘peace that passes all understanding’ comes from being reconciled to God.
To put it simply, our hearts are at rest because we know He has forgiven us and has made a way for us. This is peace during the storm that cannot be bought.
God provides us with three ways to receive Counsel:
1) The Holy Spirit- This is “The Counselor, He will teach you all things.” (John 14:26). If you have accepted Christ in to your heart, pray earnestly each and every day for guidance especially before making a decision. He will give you the words and direction.
2) God’s word- “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” Your word is a light to my path” Psalm 119:24. Even in the darkest trials, we can find hope in His word. It is only through His word that we find true comfort because everyone else will seem to try to know what you’re going through but only those who have walked a mile in your shoes can understand. Jesus has done this-by being tempted, by being angered, by being betrayed, by being persecuted, by being homeless, by being wrongly imprisoned, and by being crucified for a crime He did not commit. He has ‘bore every burden’ we may face.
3) Godly Counsel- By surrounding ourselves with wise mentors who will help keep us accountable, who will encourage us, and guide us through the difficult times in life their relationship allows us to persevere through it all. Throughout our lives, it means so much to have individuals who you trust show up at the right time, with the right words, and with big shoulders to hold you up. We must be about the business of investing in relationships.
In closing, the next time we are facing one of life’s big trials take comfort in knowing ‘The Planning Section Chief’ has been watching over us our entire lives. He awaits our call, He longs for us to seek Him out with all our heart, and He is there among our trusted counsel providing the words, the comfort, and the needs of our heart that only God could know.