One of my favorite old shows is the Mary Tyler Moore Show.  In one episode, Mary had to work alone on Christmas Eve, and there was nothing for her to do, so my first thought was, “why doesn’t she surf the net?”  Then it occurred to me: there was no internet during the era of Mary Richards and the gang at the WJM newsroom.  It seems so primitive to be without the web!  I wondered if “BC” stood for “before computers.”

Life is like that too.  Anyone old enough to remember the Mary Tyler Moore Show is old enough to have had a Defining Moment, aka an Epiphany, and it can seem as if life is divided into two eras:  pre- and post-this event.

For some, it’s a divorce, or a death in the family.  For others, the beginning of a marriage or the birth of a child.  We’ve all experienced post-traumatic stress over earth-shifting events such as 9/11, and more recently, Aurora, as Lori wrote about in her post this week.

An epiphany isn’t always a warm and fuzzy thing.  It can change the way you perceive yourself and the world.  It can knock the wind out of your sails.

It can make you lose faith.

So how do you find a way to move forward when a singular event can change everything?

Re-group: Allow yourself time to sit with your thoughts (including doubt) and accept life in its new configuration, knowing that the tincture of time will bring you to a “new normal.”

Re-invent: The person you were prior to the epiphany may no longer exist, so adapt as circumstances change.  Let go of the past and trust in the One who holds the future.

Re-commit: Decide that life must go on even if you don’t have the answers you need.  Hold fast to the things you can count on, like prayer and the people you love.

So when you find yourself at the crossroads, remember:  with the compass of faith and the power of prayer, you’ll always find your way home.

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