TODAY THE WORDS are ABANDON SHIP. Ahoy mates, let’s talk about the phrase “Abandon Ship”. Not too long ago, it seemed every cruise ship’s passengers were getting sick and this phrase became more probable. In history, a captain would give the order for crew and passengers to leave a ship that was sinking for their safety. Life boats were loaded with as many people who could fit into them. You can imagine the turmoil during the “abandonment” period with a lot of pushing and shoving. People who are in fear of their lives are sometimes less than courteous to state an understatement. Sometimes, people would fall into the water and face drowning or sharks; others would be huddled together in the life boats. Families have been separated and some members lost in the dark waters. The Captain was the last one to “abandon ship” if he didn’t stay on board and vow to go down with the ship.
This is worthy of some deeper thought….how tempting would it be to get a good seat on the life boat instead of stay with the ship and suffer death? We are traveling on the sea of life in a vessel surrounded by family, friends, acquaintances, business associates, spiritual associates, etc. We tour the ship and explore the cabins, look at the skies above and the water below, we eat, and we sleep. Some days are better than others and some days are full of stormy weather; others are clear, sunny days. The winds of life have an effect on our days, blowing and sometimes tossing us around and we lose footing. We have to grab a rail and hold on! Do we realize that if the order to abandon the ship, are we prepared to face death? I am not trying to be morbid but we will, at some time, face death or abandonment of the ship during our lifetime. It is time to think about that Captain of the ship (God) as he will stand and stay with us throughout our life. He doesn’t take His Glory and Power lightly and is there for the sunny days, the treacherous storms, and if we go down, He reaches in the dark waters and He will lift us up into the life boat of safety. We might get wet, we might get cold, and we might even get scarred but Our Captain doesn’t abandon us!
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days