God is Good – Nathan Junker UPDATE

I just saw my dad’s status on Facebook and they found Nathan’s body.  Please pray for the family. Nathan is in Heaven, but his family is left here and I’m sure their hearts are broken. A friend of mine reminded me that the fact he is in Heaven is a miracle. Again, please pray.

“I write to you with a heavy heart. This afternoon, Pastor Nathan Junker and Al “Herm” Hermiston, a long-time youth leader at Faith Baptist Church, were with the Jr. High youth on Pokegama lake. The two of them and 5 of the youth were on a sand bar near Drumbeater Island and were swept out by the waves and wind, unknown to others who were on a beach nearby. They struggled to swim back. Several of the youth and Herm were wearing life vests, but Herm gave his to one of the kids who did not have one. All 5 of the youth made it safely back, but the two men did not. Herm was found face down in the water and taken to the hospital, where he died. At this time, Nathan has still not been found in spite of the search efforts of others in the party and law enforcement. Please pray for Herm’s family, especially his wife Nancy, and for Nathan’s family: wife Samantha (Sam), and children Lauren, Alexandra, Journey, and Lincoln. Nathan’s father Randy Junker is pastor of the Grand Rapids Alliance Church. His mother’s name is Debbie. And pray for the people of both churches and the community who have been affected by these men.” (http://www.hogshadows.com/2009/06/praying-for-nathan-family.html)

Last night we received the news that Nathan Junker was missing. His father pastors my grandma’s church. He is a casual friend of my dad and a fellow pastor from the area. This winter when our church hosted the yearly Missions conference in our area, he was involved in a skit with my dad, another associate pastor, and a missionary that we were sending out. I remember his kids. They were so little. He is only about 30 himself.

It’s so hard to look at these situations as see God’s goodness. I’m struggling today to do just that. Baring a miracle, Nathan is dead, his wife widowed, and children fatherless. To see God’s goodness in such a devastating situation is hard. But no matter what we think or feel, God is good. He is good and this is all in His perfect plan. Even when our heart screams against it, God is still good.

In all… we hold on to the future hope. While hope that Nathan is living wears away more every minute, we have a future hope. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”(Revelation 21:4) Nathan was a believer therefore, we do not grieve as those that have no hope. “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep,that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”

Please keep the Junkers in your prayers, as well as Al Hermiston’s family. I still am praying for a miracle, but the fact that Nathan had no life jacket and it’s now been overnight… they are only expecting to find a body. But in all of this. God is good.

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8 responses to “God is Good – Nathan Junker UPDATE

  1. Shawn Edwards

    Ecc 3:1-22
    For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil–this is God’s gift to man. I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away. Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work. I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?

  2. Tami

    Why do things like this happen?? Why does God take people like this? Why cant he take murderers, rapists, child molesters? Why does he take good people?? I dont understand…..

    • I don’t think anyone understands. But one thing that does help is to remember that we are all sinners worthy of death. No matter what comes our way we deserve worse.

      Nathan and Al are not the ones that are to be pitied or feel sorry for, they are in Heaven and they are fine. It’s the family and friends that need the prayers and support.

      I don’t know if we’ll ever understand why a father with 4 under 6 died leaving his wife widowed and kids fatherless, but whether we understand or not God is still good and He has a purpose for everything.

      • Bill

        I don’t believe in God, and I don’t agree that people deserve to die. This is a tragedy of the natural world, and there was certainly no reason/plan for it.
        I respect your beliefs, but feel the need to express my own.

        I am glad to know the families have so much support from people like you who love them.

        Thank you.

        • Bill,

          I totally understand the need to express your own beliefs and I thank you for doing that in a respectful way.

          I know that the only reason I can find comfort in this world is by the fact that I know there is a God and He has a purpose for everything. Without Him there is no purpose to life and to the world, it’s all empty and hallow. If there is no God there is no reason to live. Yet with God, there is reason to live and a reason to die. These men knew this with their minds and hearts and they lived it out with how they died.

          Thanks again for stating your opinions kindly. It’s always easy to not do so when opinions differ. God bless and I hope I stated mine in a kind and gracious way.

  3. Jennifer

    I casually knew Al, he was the father of a good friend from church. Nathan was the former youth pastor at our church. His wife is a friend who worked with me while pregnant with their oldest child, who will turn six this week. This is a sad tragedy. We will never understand God’s timing. But, we can rejoice that these men are in the arms of their Savior, and can be sure that He is telling them, “Well done, good and faithful servants.” My heart grieves for the families. May the LORD provide them the peace that surpasses all understanding. May He touch the hearts of all who knew these men, but did not know Jesus as their Savior. May He use their deaths to boldly proclaim that all the time, God is good. Amen

  4. CP

    RIP Nathan and Al.

    God will bless you for trying to do the right thing.

  5. Paula

    What do you mean for TRYING to do the right thing? They saved someones life!

    Nathan and Al may you both rest in peace and your family will once again be with you when their time is right!

    We love you for DOING the right thing

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