Posts Tagged ‘tragedy’

  

“They replied at once, ‘Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!’So they began the good work.” ‭‭(Nehemiah‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

In 2003, Austin Hatch and his dad walked away from a 2003 plane crash that killed his mother, 11-year-old sister and 5-year-old brother. Then in 2011, Hatch experienced a sickening case of déjà vu. His dad was flying the family to its Michigan summer house in June 2011, when the small, single-engine plane plummeted nose-first into a garage along a residential street north of Charlevoix Municipal Airport, killing Hatch’s father and stepmother and critically injuring him.

It would be easy to quit life at this point, but not Hatch. He had signed a basketball scholarship with the University of Michigan prior to the accident, and was determined to use it. After a two month coma and two years of rehabilitation, Hatch got to briefly realize his dream: playing basketball for the Michigan Wolverines in the spring of 2015! He had fought back from the bottom to reclaim his life!

Just as Nehemiah helped his people to rebuild Jerusalem from utter ruin, so did Austin Hatch. And so can you! Life was never meant to be easy and rebuilding can be tougher, but God will help you put the pieces back together again. Just try! You are loved today!

  

“You will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

On August 29, 1973, Roger Mallinson and Roger Chapman were operating the Pisces III mini submarine in order to lay a new transatlantic telephone cable. They were 150 miles off the coast of Ireland when the sub encountered an accident with an assisting trawler, sinking 1,575 feet to the bottom. The men communicated that they were safe and confident of being rescued: “Our morale is fantastic. Tell our wives we’re okay.”

It turned out to be a 76 hour, multinational rescue effort. Investigators later determined that the men had only 12 minutes of oxygen left to breathe! It is believed to still be the deepest submarine rescue mission ever accomplished. 

While these men probably struggled to remain confident of their rescuers ability, we can have supreme confidence in the fact that our God has never failed! Rely on the Holy Spirit today to help you stay positive and encouraged, no matter how dark it seems. God will see you through! You are loved today! 

  

“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” (Romans‬ ‭8:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

In 1998, tests on a scarab jewel that once belonged to King Tut proved that the glass it was made from was produced before the earliest Egyptian civilization. Curious for answers, scientists discovered an area in the Sahara Desert, near Libya, where mysterious shards of glass litter the sand. Scientists’ best guess was that a meteor, slamming into the desert, produced such heat that glass was formed.

Tragedy strikes every life. But it leaves behind something more than just pain and scars. Tragedy can also bring realignment of priorities, beautiful new relationships, and testimonies of how God cared for us through the dark valleys. And these same exquisite jewels that we gain from life’s slamming furnaces are what will get us through the next round of valleys that come our way. 

If you ever wonder if good can come out of a tough time, just look at an Egyptian scarab jewel. It’s beauty was made in an accidental furnace! And so will your life be! You are loved today! Find the beauty!

  

“But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the LORD, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (Numbers‬ ‭32‬:‭23‬ NLT)

At just 19 years old, William Henry McCarty Jr., aka William Bonney, aka “Billy the Kid,” had already achieved national infamy as one of the most well-known outlaws of the day. But by 1878, tired of his life of crime, he allegedly wrote to the newly appointed governor of New Mexico, Lew Wallace, that he was tired of fighting.

Wallace responded with an immunity deal if Billy would testify against others in the infamous Lincoln County War, a personal mission of the governor. Billy’s testimony led to some 50 arrests! Yet, Wallace refused to pardon him, as was promised. Thus, Billy escaped from jail, resuming a rampage of crime and murders. It leaves one to think, what would’ve happened had Wallace kept his word?

When you don’t keep your word, everyone pays a price. So be a person of your word! Whether to God or another person, do what you obligate yourself to, even if it hurts. If not, it will hurt worse! You are loved! Do right! 

  

“But when Pharaoh saw that the rain, hail, and thunder had stopped, he and his officials sinned again, and Pharaoh again became stubborn.” (Exodus‬ ‭9‬:‭34‬ NLT)

“The Flood of 1955” was one of the worst tragedies to hit Connecticut, causing 87 deaths and millions of dollars of damage. According to a report by Jeanne A. LeBlanc of the Hartford Courant, one of the worst heartbreaks was the deaths of Patrick & Margaret Mullin, both 70. After being safely rescued and evacuated to Westminster School, they walked back to their house as the pre-dawn flood waters were rising. They would later be found drowned in their attic. Once safe, now perished. 

We are all guilty of Pharaoh’s sin, of seeing God move yet continuing on in stubborn wrong decisions. God doesn’t make us that way, we freely choose it and then reap the after-effects. The sad part is when our poor decisions cost others a price. Stubbornness does that. 

The Bible and history books are filled with stubbornness that resulted in tragedy. Study why the Bible compares stubbornness to idolatry [see 1 Samuel 15:23], then let your heart be open to God’s correction and instruction that leads to life! You are loved today! 



In all, 1,760 priests returned [from Babylonian captivity]. They were heads of clans and very able men. They were responsible for ministering at the house of God.” (1 Chronicles‬ ‭9‬:‭13‬ NLT)

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was constructed in Berlin in the 1890s. In 1943, the allied forces sent in an air raid, mass bombing much of Berlin in an attempt to eradicate the evil Nazi regime. The sad collateral damage of the air raid was the church’s destruction. It’s ruins stood as a war memorial. A new church was built there in the 1960s to keep the ministry going. 

Sometimes good people suffer because of the misdeeds of others, just as priests were taken off to Babylon during the exile. Whether children in a divorce, citizens caught in a gang crossfire, or the masses that lost their retirements in the Enron debacle, collateral damage occurs. It may seem that God is unfair and uncaring, but He isn’t. Just as Life circumstances tear us down, God is the Master Rebuilder!

If Life as brought some destruction your way, come to God for rebuilding. Just as God brought His people back to their homes from Babylonian captivity, and He has brought ministry back to Berlin, so God will turn your circumstances around! Trust your life into God’s restoring hands! You are loved today!

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God has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3‬:‭11‬ NLT)

On April 15, 2013, James Costello was cheering near the finish line at the Boston Marathon when the bombs exploded, severely burning his arms and legs and sending shrapnel into his flesh. During the months of surgery and rehabilitation that followed, Mr. Costello developed a relationship with one of his nurses, Krista D’Agostino, and they soon became engaged. “I now realize why I was involved in the tragedy,” he wrote on Facebook. “It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life.”

Many things we encounter in life rarely makes sense until later. Sometimes, however, hindsight still doesn’t bring answers. That’s when trust comes in. God allows things to happen for a purpose, which is the scavenger hunt of life: trying to make sense of it all.

When life doesn’t make sense, hang in there. Answers come in God’s time. And for those things we don’t understand, just keep living. God will work it all out for your good (Romans 8:28)! You are loved today!