I am sure most of you recognize the picture above from the movie, "The Perfect Storm," which told the story of the fishing trawler, the Andrea Gail, lost in the great storm of 1991 in the North Atlantic with a six crew of six going down with her. It was another tragic event, one that all too often happens to fishermen in those ever-changing waters who push their luck over the limit once too often.
Yesterday, I posted this picture on my Facebook author page, asking my readers to answer one simple question: What would you do if you were out in the ocean in a boat and you faced this? Admittedly, it's a frightening scenario, but most of my responders, folks who routinely come to my site, did what I expected. They did so, however, in a way I didn't expect. You see, most people on social media love to push either the like, love or laugh button without comments. It's a natural action, for social media is a "quick hit' kind of entertainment and then you move on to the next item. My received responses, however, were by comment, comment from the heart. My followers looked at the picture and the question and gave an appropriate answer. Many said they would pray, some said they would speak of following God no matter what, one even said she would faint, but only after praying to Jesus. It was a fun and valuable exercise and I was thankful that so many today are willing to speak up on social media and proclaim their faith. Despite the sometimes detractors, it's a great way to share your love and faith with others in a kind and non-judgmental way.
I thought it was worthy of mention as we celebrate the dawning of another Lord's Day as we remember how with Him we are everything and without Him we are nothing. And the bottom line is this. We will all die one day from the end of mortal life on earth. So, the question is where will that leave us? Well, we Christians believe that if we accept Jesus as our Savior by faith, we will live on in a much better place where there will be no pain, suffering or perfect storm. And I know in my heart if I were on the Andrea Gail when she was on track to be flipped and sunk under the huge wave, I would certainly be afraid. But I also know I would ask Jesus for His help and if it was my time to depart this world, my faith would be my ticket to a place at the banquet of eternity in His Kingdom shining above. He loves us all and there is a special place set for us at His table if we love and put Him first. It's really just as simple as that.