3MN: The missing Titanic sub and why we can't look away

3MN: The missing Titanic sub and why we can't look away

Happy 3-Minute Thursday!

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πŸ’¬ In the next three minutes:

☝️ An ongoing story on the missing submarine you've heard of by now.

✌️A quote from the Captain of Hope.

πŸ‘Œ A reflection on nurturing hope in hopeless moments.

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🌎 Minute 1 - The missing submarine.

A tourist submarine named Titan, owned by OceanGate Expeditions, went missing during an expedition to explore the Titanic shipwreck in the North Atlantic. The five-person crew, including the CEO of OceanGate Expeditions, submerged on Sunday morning but lost contact with the surface about an hour and 45 minutes later. The search operation involves multiple agencies from the US and Canada, deploying ships, underwater robots, and remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs).

Underwater noises were detected in the search area, leading to focused searches in that vicinity. The search area covers thousands of square miles, with depths of about 13,000 feet. The search efforts continue, and hope remains for a successful rescue operation. The passengers aboard the missing sub include a British billionaire, a British-Pakistani businessman and his son, a French explorer, and the CEO of OceanGate Expeditions.

If still alive, their air would run out today. Pray with us that the people in the sub, the people looking for the sub, and the families of those people, will feel hope, strength, and peace.

πŸ’¬ Minute 2 - A quote from the Captain of Hope

Officials still hold out hope of a rescue. A US Coast Guard captain, Jamie Frederick, said on Wednesday:

When you’re in the middle of a search-and-rescue case, you always have hope.

In the perilous submarine scene, hope is the only thing that keeps the officials going. With each passing second, they hold on to hope, knowing that what they do and what they find out in the next few hours could make or break the result they want so badly.

This poignant reminder mirrors the eternal hope we cherish as Christians. Our decisions and acts today have long-term effects that shape our eternal fate.

πŸ₯¦ Minute 3 - How can we nurture and uphold hope when faced with uncertainty and adversity?

Amidst the unfolding story of the missing tourist submarine Titan, there is a prevailing theme of hope that resonates deeply.

πŸ‘‰ Here are some key takeaways from this developing story:

  • Key Takeaway 1: Embrace the Power of Perspective
    Perspective is especially important in difficult and seemingly hopeless situations. Focus on the overall picture rather than the immediate situation. Draw strength from earlier experiences where optimism overcame pain. Faith and resilience can inspire us to endure and believe in a successful outcome.
  • Key Takeaway 3: The Fragility of Hope
    In these kinds of circumstances, hope is fragile. Realizing that the most minor discovery or action could change the outcome, officials work quickly. Christian hope is vulnerable too. It takes patience, perseverance, and faith in God's promises. Using God's faithfulness and love to create hope, we can prevent hopelessness.
  • Key Takeaway 3: The Eternal Implications of Hope
    The undersea news reminds Christians of eternal hope. Like this crisis's officials, our life choices have lasting implications that affect our everlasting fate. Our faith encourages us to believe in God's promises and in the future. It reminds us to live intentionally, connecting our activities with Kingdom of God values and principles.
How can you actively cultivate and nurture hope in your life, drawing strength from your faith, even in the midst of uncertainty and adversity? I want to hear from you. Send your reflections or thoughts by simply replying to this email.


S W F O E N O W I S, B O W I U, S W I S I T, B W I U I E.

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:18

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Payton Minzenmayer

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