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My daughter Aubrey - is quite the artist. There is hardly a morning where, when she first wakes up that she doesn't find a pen and paper and sit down to draw and write. I love this about her. It's kind of her way to wake up. These drawings on this bag, obviously, were part of a gift that she was planning to give to a little boy from her class in school - as part of his birthday gift.
Today's word-prompt is sea: A rather tricky post to write about.
Yesterday - the prompt was hope! and I mentioned that I had a story to share with you that I had found... and while it has more to do with the topic of hope than of the word sea... I trust you'll be blessed by the message. Yes!
Consider this to be your message-in-a-bottle that has crossed over and through the sea to come to you. :)
Hope does this, doesn't it? It forges its way, crossing barriers, and moving mountains to make reality happen.
Written by Randy Kilgore, taken from Our Daily Bread
In January 1915, the ship Endurance (how ironic; the name) was trapped and crushed in the ice off the coast of Antarctica, The group of polar explorers, led by Ernest Shackleton, survived and managed to reach Elephant Island in three small lifeboats. Trapped on this uninhabited island, far from normal shipping lanes, they had one hope.
On April 24, 1916, 22 men watched as Shackleton and five comrades set out in a tiny lifeboat for South Georgia, an island 800 miles away. The odds seemed impossible, and if they failed, they would all certainly die.
What joy, then, when more than four months later a boat appeared on the horizon with Shackleton on it's bow shouting, "Are you all well?" And the call came back, "All safe! All well!"
What held those men together and alive over those months? Faith and hope placed in one man. They believed that Shackleton would find a way to save them.
Randy continues to write...
This human example of faith and hope echoes the faith of the heroes listed in Hebrews 11. Their faith in the "substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" kept them going through great difficulties and trials.
As we look out upon the horizon, (the sea) of our problems, may we not despair. May we have hope through the certainty of our faith in the One Man - Jesus, our God and Savior.
Gracious Heavenly Father... thank you for the confidence we can have you. Whether its a sea of doubt and a storm that rages hard and high... our trust can be in YOU! You are our life-line. Our rescue and our salvation...
Help us hold onto you! One thing is true. YOU never let go. Whether it is the calm or the storm - this is true. You never let go.
How about you? Do you find yourself in a sea of doubt, of concern and the waves loom high and hard above? How can I pray for you?
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