Yesterday we anchored in Alesund, picturesque city, veiled in drizzle. I felt a connection with this fishy place, famous for salted dried cod. Later, I learned another linkage between Gloucester and Norway.
“Those who visited the Alesund Museum heard the unbelievable story of four Norwegians who built an egg-shaped lifeboat prototype known as the Uraed, ( Unafraid), and journeyed across the Atlantic in 1904 to prove the life-saving capabilities of the vessel. After five months in the ultra-cramped quarters (the boat was only 18 feet long!), they landed in Gloucester, MA, the boat leaking too much at this point to make it to their final destination of New York.” ( June 17, 2017 Cruise News)
Then,my thoughts turned to another band of brothers and sisters, daring crossers of oceans. Missionaries, willing to exchange the safety of the familiar for the love of God and strangers. Still they crossed, sometimes only once, with their life-saving message.
Last evening, about 8:00p.m. “the sea billows rolled” as if to remind us to examine the truths we blithely sang at 8:00 a.m. “It is Well with My Soul.” Again, I wondered how many missionaries, once out of sight of family, friends and land, clung to a railing as more than the ocean tossed.
Two days ago I met WonTon (not the soup) a young woman on staff from India. After talking for awhile, I learned we were Christians, as was her family and village. I wondered who was God’s risk-taker? What woman (a good chance) embarked on a voyage, not wrapped in an “egg-shaped lifeboat called the Unafraid” but cloaked in a calling, aboard a faith-full vessel, Unafraid, because of Who called and calmed, not seas but her, whispering as she quaked and clung to a railing, a communion rail, “Fear not, for I am with you.”
God’s holy Enough.
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