The popular phrase to describe many different scenarios is "Boom." Mostly it is a good thing, just a descriptive way to say wow, that happened! Then there is the other side, When Things Go Boom in a tragic way.
Wednesday night in the middle of nowhere, without rhyme or reason, after hearing a great speaker talk about the one thing he was holding back from God, 7 people surrendered their life to Christ. No intention to do so by our good brother, Darryl as he was getting ready to pray, it just became a spontaneous outpouring of faith. He let the Holy Spirit do his thing, and Boom!
Then, there was the loss of her home to fire of our dear sister Tabatha, who has already endured way too many hardships. Such a good woman helping many, working multiple jobs to raise her four grandchildren, and then another tragedy hits.
We will all rally to help her, but within her beats that heart of a champion that will not let things derail her from what her purpose is, where her faith is at, or those beautiful children that she has taken on the responsibility of raising. Boom! That's the sound of that enormous heart beating within her that will see her through this tragedy because she knows the God she serves is so much bigger than any earthly temporary setback.
When things go Boom we tend to focus more on the event (s) but we should think about those within that event and how it affects their lives. In those seven, it will be how we rally around them to teach and support them after their decision, long after the applause and "Atta boys" are over. They require a nurturing to strengthen their new faith.
In Tab's case, it's how do we support a person whose life has changed who was doing so well and yet had a life changing tragedy? How do we explain it to her except by the way we react to love and support her through this life rebuild. Not just with words, but with actions that create more than just noise.
The reality of our walk with the Lord, is that both good and bad situations still happen, but when those bad ones do, we want to make sure our walk with Him is strong enough that our lives don't blow up in one big Boom!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.