S.O.S. by Lisa Burkhardt WorleyBookmark this
Do you feel like sending out a distress signal right now? Need a life raft?
The universal distress signal is S.O.S. It is Morse Code and not an acronym, but everyone knows what it means. Over the years, however, some people have turned it into an acronym: “SAVE OUR SHIP,” so if that’s the case, what is on your ship that you feel needs saving right now?
Your finances? Your family? Maybe even your health?
As we think about what needs saving, I want to offer some other acronyms for S.O.S.
SINK OR SWIM. In light of COVID-19, sometimes we feel like the world is sinking. Over the Memorial Day Weekend, I was at my usual happy place, South Padre Island, but this time it was a little unsettling walking around in a “masked” environment. I had to make a choice: Would I allow myself to sink emotionally because it was different or would I choose to have a good time and swim? Swimming is always the better choice but it takes more effort.
Over the past few months, our ministry, Pearls of Promise, has been forced to cancel a Level-Up Conference, speaking engagements came to a halt, because of the “Shelter-at-Home” order, we could not gather as a team for our new television show, POP Talk. We also couldn’t do in-person radio interviews, and we felt like we were not teaching/encouraging our Pearls of Promise connections anymore. What to do? We had to make a choice. Sink or Swim?
SEEK OUR STRATEGY. We chose to swim so this led to seeking a strategy and ultimately, the strategy or chess moves for our lives must come from God. Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
As the leader of this ministry, I overcame the initial shock of the hard stop brought on by COVID-19 by spending extended time in God’s presence. It was like I was a little child again, wearing holy floaties. How and where do you want us to swim, Lord? Do we simply float, or do you want us to keep moving forward in some way? And He was faithful to provide the strategy, just as He will provide a detailed plan for you in your life.
SEASON OF SLEEP. This is an acronym that we might not have thought about. Maybe the Lord is taking some things off your plate so you can relax, recharge and bask in His presence. Even though Pearls of Promise is still busy doing ministry, my days are still less hectic and contain more margin than ever before. The pace feels better and allows for a longer quiet time in the morning.
SEEK OUR SAVIOR. Jesus does not want us to sink. He wants us to work things out with Him at the center, and then desires for us to walk on the water, holding His hand so we don’t go under. He is the foundation in the midst of continued uncertainty.
I will close with one of my favorite passages from Psalm 40:1-2:
“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”
Pearls of Promise Ministries
Lisa Burkhardt Worley
Lisa Burkhardt Worley
Lisa Burkhardt Worley is the founder of Pearls of Promise Ministries, a ministry that helps women overcome past and current dysfunction. Just as a pearl is formed after years of irritation and distress in an oyster shell, God can take our life trials and make something beautiful as well. Lisa is a popular speaker and a nine-time award-winning author of nine books and a Bible study including her most recent award-winning book to help the fatherless, The Only Father I Ever Knew: How a Fatherless Child Finally Found True Love. Her next book, The Root that Never Died: How a Christian Woman was Led Back to Her Hebraic Roots, should be released this fall.
Over the past five years, Lisa has returned to her media beginnings. She is an international Christian radio show Co-Host and now television Lead Host and Executive Producer of the topical program, POP Talk, seen on the Faith Unveiled Network, as well as Facebook Live and the Pearls of Promise YouTube Channel. She spent nineteen years as a national television sports reporter (HBO Sports and ESPN), regional anchor on the Madison Square Garden Network in New York City, and local sportscaster at KENS-TV in San Antonio. POP Talk Radio debuted June 5 on the Fishbowl Radio Network, as well as on other platforms like Spotify, Google Play, Radio Public and Speaker.
In addition to her work with Pearls of Promise, Lisa is also an Advisory Board member and Vice-President of Marketing for Christian Women in Media. Lisa, who had a Jewish father, serves at her church, Gateway Church, as Intercessory Prayer Leader for Jewish Ministries. Lisa earned a Masters of Theological Studies degree from SMU Perkins School of Theology, graduating Magna Cum Laude and will begin doctoral studies this fall at The King’s University. She has been married to Jeff Worley for 34 years and has two sons, Kyle and Bret, daughter-in-law, Bailey and a spiritual daughter, Lara.