Naked and Afraid-Max

I spent 4 hours watching Naked and Afraid on the plane to Alaska. For those of you who don't know, Naked and Afraid is a survival show on the Discovery Channel. On the show, two people, a man and a woman, venture into the wild. They are stripped of all clothes and they leave behind all family and belongings. For 21 days, they survive with no outside help. There are snakes, rats, wasps, and deadly preadators. The only way they can make it through is by relying on one another. It's amazing to watch 2 people come from completely different walks of life and overcome their differences in order to complete one of the most difficult challenges of their lives. There was one group that really surprised me. A 30 year old redneck farmer from the South and a strongly opinionated 51 year old woman from the North were paired together. At the start of the show, I knew that they were not going to get along. I was wrong. They were the most successful group I had seen throughout all 4 hours. At this point, you're probably wondering what this has to do with pilgrimage, God, or anything relevant to modern society. Well, I think that Naked and Afraid is pilgrimage on steroids. The hardships they experience can bring them closer to God. There is plenty of time for quiet contemplation. Even during their worst times, God is there keeping watch over them. Although our pilgrimage cannot be directly compared to theirs, I believe that pilgrimage and Naked and Afraid both help people find God in different ways.


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