I can not imagine going through the pain that Tia Coleman is going through. Tia lost everything, she lost 9 family members including her 3 children, her husband in the recent duck-boat incident in Branson, Missouri.
She mentions in an interview that when they found her husband he was holding all 3 of her children, that he was doing exactly what he said he would do. Always try to protect his family.
When asked about returning to her home in Indiana, Coleman said, “I don’t know how I’m going to do it. Since I’ve had a home, it’s always been filled with little feet and laughter.”
When asked if she could find a reason for what happened, she leaned on her walk with the Lord.
“It’s not a thinking matter for me. I tried it,” she said. “It’s something I can’t comprehend, I can’t explain. I don’t have the capacity to understand it. The only thing is, God must have something for me because there’s no way I should be here.”
When we hear of tragedies like this, it is completely heart breaking and we try to understand and we truly can not.
Our Message is loudest when we hurt the most
What we see in Tia Coleman is exactly that, a loud message. The media has picked up on her message and is helping to broadcast her message even louder. Her message is being amplified – Because of loss? Yes – Because its heartbreaking? Yes.
The main reason her message is loud is because of her response. Her response is not the typical response – we don’t see Tia blaming the company, she is not throwing stones at the boat captain, not blaming the weather, no – She is relying on her faith in Jesus, and this sadly, is rare. Her response is so powerful in such a tremendous loss.
2 Corinthians 4:7-11
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.
Paul is talking about those who have a personal relationship with Jesus, showing that we are jars of clay that can break so easily on the outside. Saying that, we will have hard times, life will definitely hit hard and it will be like we are being struck down. When it comes to these times in life, we can not do it alone and if we try it will leave us being crushed.
Verse 10 says – We always carry Jesus – When we rely on Jesus during these times in life we are not crushed, because He is living in and through us. We are able to rely on Him – yes we will still hurt and have pain, but we are not in despair, we are not abandoned, and we will not be destroyed.
Your message is loudest when you hurt the most