It happened on this date in 1986. I remember it well. On January 28, 1986, the U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Florida, killing all seven aboard, including a school teacher who had been selected as the first American civilian to travel in space.
That was a devastating day for America, and for my area, in particular. You see, the church I pastored at the time was five miles from the Johnson Space Center, where each of those fallen astronauts lived and trained. It hit us hard.
God shows up in times like that. “The Lord rescues those whose spirits have been crushed” (Psalm 34:18).
When you have suffered unspeakable grief, do four things.
- Keep trusting.
- Keep moving.
- Keep listening.
- Keep praying.
Recovery Step: In your hardest times and darkest moments, keep looking to God.