After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. Acts 27:21
This past Sunday our pastor preached an awesome sermon taken from scriptures found in the books of Psalm, 1 Samuel and Matthew as it relates to people looking for hope during a period in one’s life when they are living with distress, in debt and discontented.
Listening to the sermon about how those who were persecuted by King Saul and how they ran away, to seek refuge with the future King of Israel, David in a cave (I Samuel 22) became actually a dwelling place of hope for them.
The congregation indeed was hearing a powerful message but we were even more delighted to join in a humorous sing-along from the theme song of the old television show Gilligan’s Island.
What was most interesting about the way in which our pastor weaved the sermon into a learning lesson is how he compared the stranded occupants on Gilligan’s Island as having gotten comfortable with their circumstance and surroundings.
For Gilligan and his friends, they were all shipwrecked on a deserted island and were aware of their condition but also began unknowingly adapting to where they were as if there was perhaps no hope for them ever getting back to what they knew as normalcy.
Imagine knowing you have been shipwrecked and after a period of time, you make yourself comfortable in a place you didn’t choose to be in, nor, are ready and willing to stay in.
As I thought more on the sermon, I began to look deeply into my own life and the circumstances and situations I am presently facing and those in which God has taken me through.
Each day, people are confronted with doubt, discouragement and disillusion.
And unfortunately, some of us have the tendency to run aground our thoughts on the negative rather than the positive.
And these negative thoughts shipwreck us into isolation, whether we know it or not.
Nevertheless, we have only one way of escape.
And His name is Jesus.
He has never been known to leave anyone abandoned and shipwreck…nor will He ever.
But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me Acts 27: 22-23
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