Here is the ONE thing that can help you weather any disaster.
If you do not know about the man Victor Frankl, or have read his little book, Man’s Search for Meaning, you need to change that. He, and his story, will completely wreck and change your life at the same time.
Victor Frankl was Jewish Psychologist who was born in Vienna, Austria and was 20 years old when he and his wife were ripped from their home by the Nazi regime and forced into one of the darkest hours in history: the Holocaust.
Of all his family and friends, only he and his aunt would walk away form the tragedies of the these concentration camps after 2 ½ years of imprisonment. Frankl lost everything. And in this very short book he relives his story in the camps, but also reveals how he survived by staying true to his calling. He had little sessions after working in the camps with other inmates; he would hide away notes he was taking in his mattress. This guy was a total nerd and it kept him alive.
In his book, Frankl talks about the uniqueness of the Holocaust was not only its mass scale, but its ability to condense a series of events, that will actually happen to majority of us, into a very short amount of time.
The majority of us will eventually lose our home, lose loved ones, lose our status, lose our movement, lose our health, and yes, lose our life.
The majority of us, however, will not lose these pillars of our life with the expediency that those who were victimized during the Holocaust did.
Frankl spends time considering this, questioning how people were able to survive these unspeakable and unimaginable conditions. And the common denominator, he said, of the people who were able to survive in some kind of healthy way was exactly what Peter talks about in 1 Peter 1:3:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Those who were able to hold tightly to hope survived; no matter how devastating their circumstances, they were able to see how everything fit into some greater story with a greater end and purpose.
It’s a type of hope, Frankl would say, that seemed to transcend their circumstances. He talks about a baker whose hope was simply to bake bread for others again, or a musician who simply wanted to sit and play on a piano again. These were hopes that were real and that nobody could take from them. It was a hope that couldn’t be touched by their captors.
What Frankl has his thumb on in his story and experience is exactly what Peter assumes about the human condition in the verse above. The first thing that Peter turns the suffering Christians attention to is hope.
A hope that was opened up on Easter morning with the empty tomb and the appearance of the resurrected Jesus; that hope can do something to you that’s living and dynamic and can make you into a new kind of human.
Now the question left to answer:
Is your hope in a place that is secure, and eternal, and unshakable?
** Central idea was adapted from a lesson by Tim Mackie titled: Resurrection as a Way of Life Part 2