*You can thank the Associate Pastor for mentioning a zombie apocalypse survival guide for the title*
Indeed, the title of this service was “Survival Guide.” In the Associate Pastor’s Amazon search for survival guides he found: Zombie apocalypse survival guides, short term & long term wilderness survival guides, 101 hiding places (A survival guide for hide and seek?), and parenting. The CDC joined in on the whole zombie obsession and created a disaster preparedness page using the threat of an impending zombie apocalypse. http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm
Of course, the service didn’t focus on any of the topics mentioned above. It focused on spiritual survival. It focused on giving you a list of things to remember when you’re trying to stay on the right path.
The list included:
- Remember your friends
As far as faith goes, the Pastor said that God works through relationships, the best example I can recall is that every person living is a product of a relationship! God used your parents to bring you into this world. So, when you’re struggling, you should fall back on those relationships, God put them in your life for a reason. Isolation from your friends and support systems allows your fears to grow and warp.
I’m truly torn on the subject of friendship. There are friends and then there are friends. I know how stupid that sounds, but it’s how I see it. We can be friendly, hang out, the typical stuff friends do. Then there are friends. You can be next door neighbors or live hundreds of miles apart and they’re your rock! My “fall back” people would probably be limited to my husband, a friend I’ve known for 13 years, and my in-laws. In the end though, I’m one of those “tough it out on my own” type people. I don’t like to rely on anyone else for support. I acknowledge that’s a defense mechanism, but I’m not ready to remedy that.
- Remember your focus
I thought the Pastor’s example for this was rather funny: A case of miscommunication about directions led to him and his wife bickering on their honeymoon. He said it got to the point where she was questioning his leadership abilities and he was questioning her submissive wife abilities. During all of this arguing, he noticed two toucans in the trees and declared that he couldn’t even enjoy them because he so angry! They had forgotten the focus of their honeymoon, to enjoy each other’s company.
- Remember your name
I think I can identify with this the least. My name means “appearance of God.” How ironic. Oddly enough, my son’s name has a Godly definition, too. I’d tell you, but I Googled it and it was the first result! But seriously! How does that happen? I completely lack the ability to harbor faith and yet I was given a name meaning appearance of God?!
Please note that the following is not a condescending view on your belief and faith, but simply how I process things.
This service referenced 1 Kings 19: The main character in this story was Elijah. He prayed and God immediately answered him by lighting an alter on fire. Elijah continued to pray and a drought ended. Elijah later runs off to hide from the queen and God speaks directly to Elijah. Admittedly, such direct communication/contact doesn’t take faith to believe, but what I don’t understand is how people maintain faith in present day without ever having such a direct connection with God. That’s where I disconnect. I could believe if I had an interaction like that, I wouldn’t be left with much choice. The Bible is full of stories of people being commanded to do things and speaking with God directly. Yet, in today’s time, that doesn’t happen.
Maybe I’m too cynical and put too much faith in modern science.