Coming Back From a Crash and Burn

This is the final post in a series about how to recover from a crash and burn experience where your life imploded or exploded and came to a grinding halt. Track back to read the series. Consider sharing it with a friend.

Coming back from a Crash and Burn

Coming back from a Crash and Burn

The crash and burn series is based on the story in the Bible when the nation of Israel chose to walk away from God. Then the Babylonians took them into exile for 70 years.

You might see those years as wasted. But God doesn’t waste anything. Every moment was purposed to prepare his people for a comeback. Following are my last two lessons on exile.

Exile gives you hope for a better future.

People often think that exile is a time of despair rather than a time of hope. But that’s not true. Exile is when God speaks to you about your future. He speaks to you with words of hope. You just need to have ears to hear.

If you are in exile today because of some kind of crash and burn, God wants to encourage you about your future. This is what God spoke through Jeremiah to the exiles…

I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Jeremiah 29:11-14

I bolded the phrase “bring you back”…very important words if you are in exile. Exile isn’t forever. Remember, God isn’t trying to punish you. He’s preparing you for the next phase of your life.  You were on the sidelines. A time will come for you to reenter the game.

Exile gives you a new sense of identity and purpose.

God’s people had lost their identity. God called them to be a blessing but they forgot that. They became  self-serving. But exile gave them a chance to reclaim their identity and purpose in life. Exile does that. Exile was a time for them to reflect on what was important and restructure their lives around serving God and others first.

It was in exile that Jews had a new urgency to study the Word of God. It was in exile that the Jewish synagogue took shape. As Jews studied the Bible they came to realize that they were God’s chosen people, his treasured possession and they were called to be a blessing to the world.

It was in exile that the Jews decided they didn’t want to lose their way again. They wanted to make sure that if God ever gave them a second chance they’d be ready to fulfill their calling and not squander it. Exile prepared them for a comeback. And God did bring them back to their land to start over.

So, where are you in all of this? I hope my words help you to see the value of exile no matter how bad the crash and burn experience was.  Don’t run from it. Embrace it and let God do his work in you. Let the full work be done in you so you can be resurrected to a new life.

Prayer: Father, you know how important seasons of exile are.  Help us to see what you see. Help us to not run from our times of exile but turn and embrace them so we can experience the resurrection we need and reclaim our lives.

Please comment below. I’d love to hear back the insights you receive regarding your times of exile. We all learn so much more when we hear from many and not just one. I can only offer you insight from my limited perspective. With every additional voice our view increases our understanding. Thanks.


4 thoughts on “Coming Back From a Crash and Burn

  1. Mark Craker

    Thank you for this series, this has really helped me to put a name to what I have been experiencing, A real bolster to me as I try to trust God in a new and different season of my life.
    I have been living somewhat of a self imposed exile from some family and friends for the past few years. I found it to be increasingly difficult to truly attempt to live the life that God has for me and at the same time to live a life that some in my circle would have me live.
    To live out my God given identity and at the same time to continue in a role that is not of God is just not possible. Like so much in life it comes down to trusting God and believing
    that he loves us and wants only what is best for each of us.

    1. F. Remy Diederich

      Thanks for your comment. It means so much to know that my words are bringing some encouragement and direction in a persons life. It sounds like you are walking a tough road but one that you need to travel. Hang in there and, in time, you’ll come to a better place.


  2. Dee Bigelow

    This is very encouraging to me. I made decisions several years ago that took me far from God and far from the person I wanted to be thinking that I had found an answer to my pain and shame only to have plunged myself deeper into the pit of shame, loneliness and guilt than I had ever been before. Now it has completely blown up and I am exiled from my marriage and my daughter. I have been looking very hard at why I did the things I did that brought me here and your book on shame has been the thing that has resonated with me the most. I have been enraged at my husband for being the catalyst of my prior decisions and for his lack of engagement with me and now I’ve destroyed what could have been by my own demands. I am clinging to God and asking him to completely tear down what I have built, to be my solid foundation and to rebuild my life from the dirt up. It’s hard to be in the place I am right now but to know that he’s preparing me and doing just exactly what I need is very helpful. I must choose HIM in every second of my life and NEVER let that anger and rage reign in my life again.

    1. F. Remy Diederich

      Good to hear from you. Glad you are seeing the possibilities from what has happened. So many people give up after their failure. They think their failure proves their worthlessness. But everyone fails before they succeed. How many people succeed the first time out? We learn through our failure. In a perfect world that might not be true. But our world is not perfect. That’s why God’s forgiveness gives us so much hope for a new life. You may not be able to fully recover what was but God still has something good for you if you seek after it and don’t give up. Remy

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