I have always been fascinated with the sinking of the Titanic. I remember watching a movie on T.V. with my parents when I was small. Sitting next to my father, I listened to him explain what had happened that awful day back on April 15, 1912. He made a point to tell me all the money in the world could not save those who perished. It did not matter how rich they were. Or how important.
Even at such a young age, I had terrible empathy and was able to put myself on that ship. As well as I could, I imagined what it must have felt like to be one of the ones who got off that sinking ship; how safe they must have felt. I felt for those who were singing; how brave they were. I felt for the captain; who willingly went down with the ship. I felt for the terrified who went to their watery grave.
I liken this world and the things of this world as a great ship. It is sinking. Friends, it does not matter who you are or where you are — We can not trust in ourselves, our prestige, our riches, our talents, our abilities, our strength to bring us through what is coming upon the earth. Neither, can we trust in any man and/or government.
When the ship is sinking you want to get as far away as possible. When the Tiatanic was sinking, no one was running around trying to find ways to plug up the hole. But this is exactly where I have been for the past few years. Running myself weary trying to plug the holes of the coming destruction by thinking about it, talking about it, shouting about it, screaming about it, raging about it. Being consumed by it.
I suppose I had to get to this place. One of a feeling of complete helplessness before I could see and know, I never could nor will I ever, be able to plug up even one tiny hole of evil. Only God is powerful and big enough.
When a ship sinks, you want to get away as far and fast as possible, or not only will you go down with it, but the under current will drag you with it.
I believe a type of under current of this world are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like — Galatians 5. These things will pull us under if our eyes our constantly on the the things of this world. None of us wake up one day and say to ourselves, Gee, I think today I will practice a little adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. No, we don’t think such a thing. Yet, we may find ourselves there in some way or the other and wonder how we got there. Even if we find ourselves in just one catagory, it is more than enough to start the sinking process. Hatred and outbursts of wrath started to sink me. Just try staying afloat in that stuff. I can tell you it is like trying to stay afloat in a cess pool of debris and garbage. You come up, hoping for air, only to find there is nothing there but putrid water that has engulfed you. The remedy for that? GET OFF THE SHIP! Get as far away as possible! The Lord is your hiding place! There is no other! Your abilities, strengths, talents, fame, riches, will not save you.
If you find yourself in any of the things written above, I believe the under current has taken you down. And maybe it’s time for you to jump ship or/and get away as quickly as possible.
For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.
You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. — Psalm 32: 7, 8 –
I’ve had my eyes so focused on the flood of filth and deception in all of society that the most important thing I could forget to do, is to extend a lifeboat to anyone else who may be sinking. But how can someone who is sinking themself, offer anything to another? I don’t believe they can. If so, very little. If you find yourself being overwhelmed, remember none of it takes God by surprise. No, not one thing. Let this be your prayer to our Father:
Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy. — Psalm 61:1-3 –
One last thing I remember about watching the Titanic movie with my parents: I remember feeling very safe as my father held me close to him. How much more God wants us to know this about Him? That we are safe, eternally safe, if He is our Father.
A note about the the 2nd video below: It was made in the 1950′s. If you pause it at 4:13, you will notice the painting says, “The Approach to the New World.” Look at it closely. What do you see? The Statue of Liberty and war ships. I found it interesting and odd.