No One Left Behind
It was like Dunkirk. The word went out on the Texas and social media. Boats needed from Houston to Port Arthur, Beaumont and into Louisiana. Victims of Harvey stranded in their homes, even on rooftops. Come to the rescue. Watching guys who usually trailer up to go bass fishing, hooking up instead and driving hours through driving wind and rain and then working hours to make sure no one was left behind—these are the pictures that made me cry. We all know that the “good guys” don’t save their own skins in a crisis. They make sure there are lifeboats for all.
After the Apostle Paul told over two hundred of his shipmates that God would not allow any of them to die and got them to eat, you would expect everyone to unify and get ready. After all, Paul did say they were going to run aground in the rough sea on some island, but there’s always some “bad characters” on board. Check out who tried to escape in the only lifeboat.
“When the fourteenth night had come, as we were being driven across the Sea of Adria (in the middle of the Mediterranean somewhere east of Malta), about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. Taking a sounding, they found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. Going on a little farther, they took another sounding. Ninety feet deep. Fearing that they would be dashed against the rocks, they let out four anchors from the stern and began praying for daylight. Now some of the sailors tried to flee from the boat. They let down the skiff (the small lifeboat) into the sea pretending they were going to lower anchors from the bow. Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, ‘Unless these men remain in the ship, you will not be able to be saved.’ Then the soldiers cut the ropes holding the skiff and allowed it to drift away.” Acts 27:27-32
The centurion didn’t listen to Paul’s advice back at Fair Havens, but in this crisis moment as some sailors try to bail in the only lifeboat, he listens and acts swiftly. Later on in the story God will even allow these self-seeking seamen to escape through the surf and make it to solid ground. We all know that lifeboats should be used to save others, not just yourself. And we should know that God is so kind, he even allows some selfish sailors to get saved with the rest.
LORD, I can’t believe your graciousness. Counter the lies Satan constantly whispers that you’re the bad guy in our own life stories. Help me believe every day in your goodness and mercy.
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