Bad things happen. It’s a fact of life. I told this story at an event at Georgetown High this week, but many of you would have missed it.
Stefan and Erika Svanstrom (pictured to the left) set out on their four month honeymoon and while they were traveling they experienced a blizzard, a monsoon, wildfires, flooding, a tornado, two earthquakes, and a typhoon! They spend part of their honeymoon sleeping on a concrete floor in a shopping mall with 2500 other people while they were waiting for the tornado to pass. You can read their story here (Svanstrom story). That may be the worst honeymoon in the recorded history of mankind!
You many not have lived through a natural disaster, but you might be living in a disaster zone. Family problems, friend problems, relationship problems . . . if you are in a dark place remember that Jesus brings hope to desperate situations. Jesus overcame the grave. God raised Lazarus from the dead, but he died again. No one had defeated death except for Jesus. If he can overcome death, he can overcome your obstacles and trials. Have faith!
What can I do this week?
1. If your world has been turned upside down, don’t do life alone. Find an adult you can confide in for prayer and support. Your Collide Small Group Minister would be a great place to start. Make a commitment to being in your small group weekly, too!
2. Find someone you can serve this week. When we serve other people it always helps us put things in perspective and makes us feel better. If you need ideas of how/who you can serve, drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll help you find a place.