You may or may not know where this comes from, or from who. However, please know this, that I genuinely care for you. People are praying for you now and will continue to do so in the coming days.
What you’ve just experienced or what you are presently experiencing is often referred to as a “critical incident.”
Critical incidents include, but are not limited to: traffic accidents, medical emergencies, natural disasters, the sudden loss of a friend or loved one, or being the victim of or a witness to a crime, including a terrorist attack. You can also be indirectly affected by a critical incident, such as news of a terrorist attack somewhere abroad or closer to home. Regardless of the circumstances, critical incident or post-traumatic stress is real, and it is more common than most people realize. For some, it can be very difficult for anyone to handle.
Common symptoms of post-traumatic stress include: waves of emotions, difficulty sleeping and/or eating, nightmares, and reoccurring thoughts of images, sounds, and even smells from the critical incident. These symptoms can last for just a matter of hours, a few days, or several weeks. They usually decrease over time. It is important you understand that experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, does not mean you are crazy. Experiencing such things after a traumatic event is normal. If symptoms occur for more than a few weeks, consult your physician.
There are several things you can do to help minimize and overcome post-traumatic stress.
Get plenty of rest. Engage in regular, moderate exercise in keeping with your present physical condition and/or limitations.
Eat regular, healthy meals and drink plenty of water.
Don’t try to numb the pain with alcohol or drugs.
Talk about the details of the incident with people you trust.
Don’t spend too much time alone. It’s good to be around people who care about you, during difficult times.
It is also not uncommon for people who have experienced a traumatic event (whether victim, witness, or first responder) to consider their own mortality—to think about life after death.
Again, you are not crazy if you think this way. It’s normal to ask yourself the ultimate question:
“What will happen to me when I die?”
The Bible says, “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him”
When you die, you will stand before God, your Creator, to give an account for your life. God will judge you according to the perfect, moral standard of His law—a law He has written on your heart (Romans 2:12-16).
You know it is wrong to lie, steal, hate, and blaspheme God. Yet you choose to break his law. All have sinned and fallen short of His glory (Romans 3:23).
You were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), and God is not a liar or a thief. He is not a murderer. He is holy. He is righteous, just, and good. Because God is good, He will punish your sin. The just punishment will be eternity in hell.
But there is good news! God has provided one way for you to be rescued from His wrath against your sin.
2,000 years ago, God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ (fully God and fully man), to this earth (John 1:14).
He was born of a virgin (Luke 1:26-38).
He lived the perfect life that you cannot live (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Though innocent He was nailed to a cross, shed His blood, and died—taking upon Himself the wrath of God sinners deserve (Mark 15:22-26; Romans 3:21-26).
Three days later, He rose from the dead, forever defeating sin and death. As a result of Jesus Christ’s perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection, God grants forgiveness and eternal life to all who believe (John 3:16).
Jesus said you must be “born again” (John 3:3).
This is a supernatural work of God.
When God causes a person to be born again (1 Peter 1:3), He gives the person a new heart and dwells in him, in the person of the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26).
This change results in a hunger for righteousness (Matthew 5:6) that will cause you to repent (turn from your sins and turn toward God), and to put your faith in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior.
Your life is a vapor—here today and gone tomorrow.
Repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:15) while God has given you time.
Turn to Christ and live!