“He Made The Storm Still”

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“He Made The Storm Still”

The El Faro cargo ship set out from Jacksonville, Florida on Sept. 30, headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico. A day later, during Hurricane Joaquin, the ship went missing with 33 crew members on board. Very little has been discovered of vessel and crew to this day.

Within the news sources I read, there was this: “Capt. James F. Tobin, president of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association & Foundation in Great Neck, N.Y., released a statement Monday afternoon saying that Steve Shultz, a class of 1984 graduate of the academy, was one of the 28 Americans on board the ship, and hoping for his safe return.

‘This incident reminds us that going to sea is still a dangerous endeavor and we should continue to pray for the safety of all mariners who are on the water,’ Capt. Tobin wrote.” {Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/coast-guard-believes-el-faro-sank-in-hurricane-joaquin-1444057113}

Think of the ancient mariner in Biblical times, who faced an even higher measure of risk, navigating the sea. Before the navigational technology we have, the perils of the sea were daunting.

Picture life as a voyage that involves manifold risks and unforeseen trouble. Sin can beat against us and capture us. The sins of others create inner turmoil. Trials arrive that we did not expect. Weaknesses, hardships, persecutions, calamities and death toss us to and fro. But we are not sailing through life without an offer of help that is perfectly suited to save and guide us to the harbor.

“Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters;
they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.”

Psalm 107:23-32

Follow-up – NTSB believes the wreckable has been found, as of just a few weeks ago. Obviously – no survivors.

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