In Case of Emergency, Don’t Panic!

In most emergency procedures it states, “In case of emergency, don’t panic!” So, what do people do? They panic. It’s an automatic, instinctive response. Threatening things are happening in the midst of the crisis, so what response do people have control of? Panic. It’s a pretty disempowering response though, isn’t it? Time crises force nearly everyone into panic; so do relationship crises — instead of panic over time, there’s a nervousness that results. Crises intuit a panic response. Yet, this is the furthest thing that will help the situation, for it never pays to panic, ever.

Panic not in the midst of crisis… We don’t panic. The crisis is in our heads and our hearts but the World is still as it is… calm, gentle, still… observing, caring for, and watching over us. It is up to us which reality we choose, and it takes a certain amount of courage of faith to go against what you might be seeing. It is a choice to see what does not readily make itself known; the quiet way of God’s steady world, and his eternal power and divine nature.[1] We must fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen (but that which is there nonetheless).[2]

In case of emergency:

– Find out the facts and calmly act on them;

– Don’t run and appear panicked — slow down and be responsible;

– Try to communicate to others clearly and effectively;

– Use procedures and checklists to reduce the mental noise; and,

– Ignore the record of your nerves; do not fall into temptation to panic — it never helps.

In crisis, smile. Be still and know that safety is here; it never leaves. For God has said, “I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” -Hebrews 11:5b (Amplified Version).

Know the tranquillity of God now as it exists in you. It is a decision of the will, backed by the strength of the Spirit. It can be yours at any time you choose.

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[1] See Romans 1:20 (NIV).

[2] See 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV).