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What Sam and Nia’s Week on YouTube Teaches Us About Triumph and Tragedy
Written by Project Inspired | August 10, 2015
The other day, a video made its way around the Internet of a young man surprising his wife with a pregnancy announcement. This video went viral and thousands of people around the world sent their congratulations to the happy couple.
Check out the full video below:
(Just an FYI: Sam and Nia are a married couple with two kids, who use their platform to showcase everyday life as Christians.)
Not long after posting this clip, tragedy struck and the couple shared the following message:
Sam and Nia have become almost an extension of our own families. Their YouTube page boasts more than 308,000 subscribers and their videos have been viewed by MILLIONS. We feel so connected to them that oftentimes we experience the same emotions that they experience. So when we first saw the video of their announcement, we were thrilled for them.
But within a few days, something horrible happened. The couple lost their baby.
However, there’s something inspiring to be learned from this. As Christians, we will always have our moments of triumph. We will always have those experiences that reaffirm our belief in God. However, just as Paul has declared, our faith will never exempt us from tragedy. In fact, it’s in James 1:2-4 that we find confirmation of this:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
The reality is, we will all go through ups and downs in life. Sam and Nia are not any different. However, through tragedy can come triumph. It all depends on how we deal with it. Many people will turn away from God assuming He’s at fault for their troubles. But those who don’t turn away from Him and instead turn toward Him can find peace incredibly faster in life.
One of the first things that Sam said in the second video was “We’re so hurt, but we’re so thankful that God used us like this.” Now, if you’re not careful, those words will run through one ear and out the other before you’ve had a chance to REALLY process them.
“We’re so hurt”…but thank you, God.
“God used us”…as messengers of His word.
In the midst of this tragedy, which unfolded in front of millions of people, Sam and Nia still spoke of God’s light and love. They could have easily questioned His methods and expressed their anger. Instead, they responded as Christians should: with grace and complete abandonment of self. In other words, they turned their tragedy into a triumph for God. They understood that some things happen in life that are so much grander than human understanding.
May your Kingdom come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10 – TEV)
When you understand this, you’ll begin to realize that, in the end, a win for God is a win for you!
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
No matter who you are or where you are in life, God’s plans will ALWAYS supersede your own plans. No one is exempt. You can be on top of the world one day, and then in the blink of an eye, God can change your path and send you in a direction you weren’t expecting.
Sam and Nia have shown us that we can respond to life’s low moments by praising Him even more. This world is a fallen world, we know this. We know that life isn’t perfect—whether it’s a failed test or increasing student loans in your own life, bad things will come today, tomorrow and for years to come. But if Sam and Nia have taught us anything, it’s that we should never lose faith.
Sam and Nia, we grieve with you today. We pray that God brings healing both physically and mentally. We thank you for opening your lives to us in this way. Through you, millions of people are seeing daily life transformed by Christ.