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.
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.
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.