Get to Where He Is

Growing up in the ministry, I have seen many cases of struggle. Different individuals, with different situations, with different issues.

It’s a part of life. You don’t make it through without a few bumps (or catastrophic jagged mountains) in the road. Some things are easy to overcome and conquer along the journey. Other things are a continuous climb, finding it hard to breath, encountering injuries along the way, and wondering if you’ll ever feel peace again.

I have seen people who overcome their struggles, while others continue fighting until this day. What’s the difference? How does one defeat depression, low self-esteem, negativity, bad attitudes, and tormenting thoughts?

I love to research random events in history. Inspiring events that I don’t know much about. One in particular that has fallen into my radar is the story of the “Miracle in the Andes”.

In 1972, a charter plane carrying 45 passengers of a rugby team with their friends and family crashed onto the Andes Mountains. 18 died instantly and due to sickness, injuries, the unbearable cold, and an avalanche, the 27 left slowly dwindled down to 16. As I studied, I was stricken with sadness learning of all they had to encounter. They melted snow for water, essentially ate their luggage and the cushion of plane seats, eventually turned to cannibalism of the dead passengers, and had to bare the news received from the radio announcing that the search party for them had been cancelled.

plane-crash

Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa, two men that survived, knew that they all were going to die if they stayed where they were at. Several planes had already passed over, but they were well hid by the snow and they didn’t have enough resources to create something to catch attention from the sky’s view. After about 60 days since the plane crash, Parrado and Canessa headed out into the wilderness alone. Long story short, they walked and battled the harsh conditions for 10 days to find any kind of civilization. Well, they did. A small village where the residents came to the rescue. After caring for Parrado and Canessa, helicopters were sent out on the next clear day to save the other passengers.

Pretty inspiring story, huh? I hope you can see the connection I’m making here. These individuals were caught in the most unimaginable dire circumstances. They knew to be saved, they couldn’t stay another day in the same predicament. They were desperate and knew change was the only way not to die.

God has liberty, victory, and freedom just waiting for you! He’s on the other side of the mountain, just across the river after a 10 day journey. It wasn’t easy for Parrado and Canessa to get there, but they sure didn’t complain once they did. Whatever you’re struggling with and no matter how long you’ve been struggling with it-even if it’s been more than 60 days!; you can achieve that liberation you so desperately want. IF you’re desperate enough. Get to where God is. MOVE. Refuse to stay another day in your misery and despair. Tell your mind to get up and go to where joy and peace can be found. It’s not in a physical building, but a state of mind.

about blogger

Charity Huba is a 23 year old Floridian who can’t get enough sunshine and days at the beach. She leads in music and the youth group she grew up in. She works for the government in the Division of Elections. She’s in love with quality time with her loved ones, musicals, and moon-lit nights.

Picture Perfect

“Oh no, the dreaded group photo… I hope my smile isn’t weird, my hair is in the right place, my eyes are open just right, my hands aren’t awkward………”

Who else has had these same thoughts, worries, or fears? Don’t worry, you are not alone; thoughts like these plague my mind every time someone pulls out a camera. I have had the horrible experiences of pointing out every flaw in a picture of myself, not being able to find the perfect angle, or not liking a photo and making my friend take at least 20 more before I just give up. In today’s society, we are all trying to take that perfect picture that looks like we are not trying, that “natural” picture that we edited with four different apps, and that picture that we know will get at least 100 likes on our social media sites. We get so caught up in this vicious cycle that I begin to wonder, “Who are we trying to impress?”

The definition of beautiful is to possess qualities that give great pleasure to see, hear, or think about, being extraordinary, and wonderful. So should we consider ourselves beautiful? Psalm 149:4 says, “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation.” In the Bible, we read multiple times that we are to be set apart, not to be ordinary, but called to be extraordinary (1 Peter 2:9). In Psalm 139:14 we are reminded that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” According to the Word of the Almighty God, we are the definition of beautiful.

It is easy to believe and know that our God is beautiful, perfect, and without flaw, but we seem to forget that in Genesis 1:27 we are told that, “God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female He created them.” We are made in God’s image. Does this mean we are perfect and without flaw? No, we are human, but we are humans that God made exactly the way He wants us. He chose your height, your complexion, your hair color, your eyes, He chose every single feature just the way He wanted it.

In Proverbs 31:30 it says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” So again I ask, “Who are we trying to impress?” Jesus already thinks that YOU are beautiful inside and out. So whether you are the girl in the picture that sits down or stands up, smiles with your teeth showing or with your mouth closed, squints your eyes or opens them wide, is short or tall, or has curly hair or straight hair: You are beautiful in every image because you are made in God’s image.

about sarah

 Sarah, 21, is from Texas and is the middle sibling out of three girls in the Barnhill family. She recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor’s degree. Her favorite snack happens to be Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos!