DayBreaks for 8/18/16 – Titanic Story, #1
From the DayBreaks archive, August 2006:
This is from a letter to the editor of August ’97 Focus on the Family recounting a story about the sinking of Titanic and a man by the name of John Harper:
“…John Harper, who was on the Titanic and traveling to Chicago to become the pastor at Moody Memorial church. In the icy water, Harper won his last convert just before he drowned – a young Scotsman who survived. He later told how Harper called out – while clinging to a floating spar – “Are ye saved, mon?” and quoted Acts 16.31 just in time.”
I wonder how I would have spent my last few minutes before dying in the icy water of the north Atlantic. I might have had my mind occupied with my wife and children, parents or other family and friends. I might have cried and been pleading with God to save me from drowning. I don’t know if I would have been focused on trying to share my faith with someone else, but when you think of it, what better time could there possibly be to share your faith when those around you are on the verge of dying?
Isn’t that the sad part? Because it is true that people all around us are dying and they are dying in their sins. We, through the grace and goodness of God and for no other reason, have the life raft that they all need. We just don’t see them as drowning, dying people. We see them as laughing, shopping, working, studying, ordinary every day people who are just going casually about their business. But without the saving blood of Jesus Christ, they are adrift in the cold waters that will take their life for all eternity.
Part of the problem is that they, themselves, don’t realize that they are dying. They think that they are just fine. That they are “unsinkable” and that all is well. How sad and tragic!
I’m reminded by a gospel hymn that was written long ago (I don’t remember the name of the composer) as he was aboard a ship that was sinking because the lighthouse wasn’t working. The words go as follows, and they serve as a challenge to each one of us: “Let the lower lights be burning, send a gleam across the wave, some poor fainting, struggling seaman, you may rescue, you may save.”
We are the lighthouse. We are to be set upon a hill so that the light can’t be hidden. Let your light shine and rescue those who are dying. Is your light shining bold and brightly? This may be the last day you will have to reach a certain person, to touch them with the love of the Lord. Throw out the lifeline to someone today!
PRAYER: Give us Your sense of urgency for those who are lost and dying. Give us boldness to speak words of truth. Your Words are truth and they are life. May we never forgive that. In Jesus’ name, Amen.