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Challenger Pieces of a Miracle

Updated on November 12, 2022
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Our life stages are unique. Kathy enjoys sharing her thoughts and stages through her writing and looks forward to learning about yours.


History recorded a nightmare and a dream simultaneously: On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Seventy- three seconds, Christa McAuliffe had that time to live out a dream. She was an ordinary civilian heading into space on the Challenger. People say, why? Why is it that something so life-changing can turn into a disaster?

We must not forget the events before the explosion. Christa had a beautiful family, she was a teacher, and finally, she was excited to be making history. Her imprint was essential, and everything leading to that moment was part of that imprint. Krista had a dream, and she lived that dream. Her memory made a difference in the world, and her legacy lives on in her children.

None of us are ordinary; God wants to be your center as trials come and go. We will experience challenges, but don’t forget the many miracles and beautiful events before and after the storms. Every second of you has a purpose. Maybe you can make a dream come true for yourself or someone else? What can you do with seventy-three seconds?

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Pieces of His Miracles

We made broken pieces of life whole in Christ. God puts us together for a new day, no matter how we break. Trust In His timing and promises; we will see His beautiful face in paradise. Try not to forget the tiny miracles in your time here. God created us in His image; we are His miracles. All of our pieces are part of our puzzle.

If we go to Him for Direction, God will put our pieces together to make our beautiful picture. He leads us, guides and uses everything. Always remember to be with Him is the ultimate dream, and we will celebrate the vision.

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Remember but Never Forget ~ God Is in Control

Never give up; your seventy-three seconds matter. No matter how they play out, you have seventy-three seconds and more. We can go to pieces, but our imprint is purposeful.

Whether it is a dream or a disaster you are experiencing today, God is all over the outcome. Eventually, we end up in a perfect reunion, which is super cool. After life's disasters hit, we can't forget the miracles and dreams that have come before it and those that will follow. His love is forever and unconditional, and time with God is the only thing that makes us whole.

They say it is essential to living in the time in between, to focus on the dash and make it count. However, we understand the world is loud, and we get caught up in routines and rituals. A cleaner house, a crazy schedule, a list of doing! We are so busy, and yet, what are we doing? What if you had just seventy-three seconds as the people on the Challenger flight?

How would you have wanted to spend the time before your final seventy-three seconds? Would you have laughed more, played more, prayed more? I hope we are not so overstimulated by the loudness of the world that we don't live in regrets. This world is just a practice ground.

We are all allowed an eternity. it is said, "practice makes perfect." Maybe that is our problem; we're not perfect. No matter how hard we try or convince ourselves that we have it going on or all figured out, we will never meet the goal of perfection. How about we try to be human, natural, admitting our imperfections and allowing others theirs? Who are we anyway other than people working to live out our dash?

Seventy-three seconds is a short time to get it right. We could settle in for the ride of a lifetime and enjoy the moments. We could do our best to help one another and encourage those we meet along the way. We could pray unceasingly and focus on hope and faith in what is coming.

I remember a time in my life when seventy-three seconds felt like a lifetime, and when I thought about the time in between, I was okay with what I saw; however, if I woke up one day convicted that I should put my focus on where I am going and not where I have been?

Maybe we should all try to quiet the loudness of the world and focus on the grace given during our dash? Perhaps we should care for others as ourselves and focus on the destination. That is what I am going to do. I will not be perfect, but I will enjoy the time in between, seek others' losses, and look for their destination.

Seventy-three seconds is a long time if you count slowly and remember what brought you to it and where you keep that on your site plan!

© 2013 Kathy Henderson


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