Titanic II

“Mark Wilkinson purchased a 16-foot boat for fishing and recreation.  Apparently he was not superstitious, because he christened his boat Titanic II after the ill-fated luxury ship that hit an iceberg and sank in 1912.  Titanic II’s maiden voyage out of a harbor in Dorset, England, went well.  But when Wilkinson headed back, the boat started taking on water.  Soon he was clinging to a rail waiting for rescue.  Wilkinson reportedly said, ‘It’s all a bit embarrassing, and I got pretty fed up with people asking me if I had hit an iceberg.’  This was followed by an eyewitness who said ‘It wasn’t a very big boat–I think an ice cube could have sunk it!’

“The story of Titanic II is quite ironic.  But it also makes me think of the original Titanic and the danger of misplaced trust.  The builders of that ocean liner were absolutely confident that their ship was unsinkable.  But how wrong they were!  The prophet Jeremiah from the Bible reminds us: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord’ (Jer: 17:5)

“All of us are tempted to seek security in people or things.  How often we need to be reminded to forsake these false confidences and turn back to God.”

This story was taken from the October 27th devotional entry of Our Daily Bread (www.rbc.org).  This passage rang so clear to me this morning as I was drinking my morning coffee and doing my prayer work.  What came to mind was the profusion of political ads and nomenclature that we are all being bombarded with as we are about to make serious voting decisions on November 6th of this year. 

I marvel at the amount of money in the millions that have been spent in efforts to discredit or hurt those that unjustly do not deserve to have their names besmirched by the faceless with money to burn.  These efforts, no doubt, are being done with the thinking that money and media bombardment are the guaranteed way to get what they are after.  They, like those that built the original Titanic, obviously feel that with enough money and mental strategy, they can create a guaranteed successful outcome. 

But, how foolish and false it could all prove out to be.  How foolish and false it is to take steps that hurt vs raise the reputation of another, to choose to destroy vs support the good of one and many, and to believe that man can dictate what might be questionable in the eyes of God. 

For we all know that the Law of God is to “love (treat) all others as we do ourselves”.  Is such current behavior in compliance or in violation of this divine law?  Think about it.

One Response to “Titanic II”

  1. tn pas cher says:

    Very good.Thank you very much

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