An Antarctic Cruise ship has been lost at sea since February 2013.
When I first read this story I thought to myself,
“How does one lose a ship weighing over 4 tons and 295 feet long? And…is anyone on it?”
Named after a Russian actress, Lyubovy Orlova, the Yugoslavian built ship was set to be scrapped only the tow line broke after she sat alone for 2 years in St. John’s Harbor.
Suffice it to say she wasn’t very good at managing money. 51 of the crew had not been paid due to cruises that never left shore because of mechanical problems which also landed her in debt.
Sightings supposedly of this “derelict vessel” as they called her have been noted. She has made quite a few trips in unknown waters but as recently as this month it has been reported by the British Media the wind is blowing her toward the coast of the UK.
The old girl may not be as welcomed as one might think. She managed to hire her own crew; hundreds, possibly thousands of cannibal, diseased rats.
“Oh, what a wicked web we do weave, when we are…. lost at sea….”
I couldn’t help but make a parallel between this ship and our lives.
We often feel we are drifting alone in uncharted waters. With no destination point, we get off track and float. Unwanted guests attempt attack. Cut off and isolated from the shore is like a sitting duck in a firing range.
Just like this ship, we are no good drifting aimlessly around in the depths of endless emptiness. Productivity is zilch which can result in low self-esteem and depression.
When you have no idea where you are, life becomes a journey of pursuing the wrong goals, useless activities and annoying people who are just as lost as the next person.
Like this ship we need a Captain who is trained to keep us going in the right direction.
God is much more than a Captain but the theory is the same.
Acts 17: 26-27 “ From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”
He placed in each individual that has ever lived a need for him; a natural desire to seek him because he knows what is best. He will always steer us in the direction of his Son, the Resurrected Christ.
Last I heard he is giving free tickets to a life worth living with rewards for accepting his Son as your Savior.
God is the order of our affairs: the greatest tour guide in the history of the world.
Just sign up for his next cruise and he will lead you on the trip of a lifetime.
Who knows; after training, he may make you Chief Officer.