Today, we tearfully celebrate the 21st birthday of Amanda Nicole Korbas. And I mean tearfully. Amanda was loved deeply and widely by her fellow choir members, girl scouts, sorority sisters, classmates, and the many others that she connected with throughout her life. A quick scroll through her Facebook page will confirm the suspicion that there are very few that have met Amanda and haven’t been drastically better for it. Having earned her pilot’s license and being set to graduate a year early from UC San Diego this June, she had the most spectacular life lined up for her. She was even accepted into Disney’s College Program so that she could work her dream job in Disney World. To me, Amanda was a big sister. I never thought I’d have to go a day that she wouldn’t be there for me. Although we did grow apart as she left for college, I always knew that she would love me and make herself available when I needed her.
The reason Amanda is no longer with us today is that of a lack of sufficient signage and lighting on a confusing stretch of road in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. More information on the accident can be found here and here. The Korbas family has courageously and compassionately made the decision to raise funds in order to fix the road on which the accident occurred to prevent more lives from being taken unnecessarily. There are few families that love the Lord the way that the Korbases do, so I am not surprised at all that they were so quick to take action on Amanda’s behalf. They have been a perfect example of how Jesus would want us to mourn. Seeing the light that they have brought into such a tragic situation has truly changed how I’ve been able to handle it and has changed how I view tragedy in general. I know for certain that people are seeing the way that they mourn and longing for whatever it is that gives them such a peace. The past week has been such a beautiful picture of God using the darkest of times for His glory. From our glimpse into Heaven, we can know: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). May we collectively be grateful for the hope that Christ brings in times like this!
If you would like to contribute financially to the renovation of the most dangerous road in Puerto Peñasco, click here. If you are not able to do so, please pray for healing in a community that has truly lost an angel and for God to be glorified every step of the way.
From Him to me to you,