“At last, I got a new boat for work!” Park Ranger Paul shared his exciting news with his Coast Guard friend, Mark. “Headquarters brought it in last night. Want to come see it?”
Though Ranger Paul had responsibility for marine parks as well as land locations, he had been using the small aluminum boat equipped with an engine that worked as well as a can of shortening for propelling the craft over open ocean. Often, it oozed to an oily stop.
With budget cuts now in the past, a new boat!
“Sure!” Mark replied, matching his enthusiasm. “Let’s meet at the dock!”
The Ranger responded, “You’ll be the first person to see the new boat! The Coast Guard won’t be rescuing me anymore between the marine parks!”
Mark and Paul converged at the end of the dock. Masts and top decks of larger boats dwarfed the much smaller craft. But when the two found the boat slip where the Park Service boat should have been, they discovered the craft was filled with ocean brine to the waterline. In less than 24 hours in its new home, the boat was sinking.
“So when you said ‘new boat,’ you really mean ‘new to you,’ right?”
Ranger Paul sighed. “Obviously.”
Both tried to bring the pump to life, but it didn’t work. Then Paul and Mark grabbed buckets and bailed the boat. But their efforts were futile. In the next 24 hours, the craft proved comfortable at water level, not above it.
“Just a minor glitch,” was headquarters’ assessment. But not even the top mechanics at the harbor were able give it the “Seaworthy Seal of Approval.”
It can be naive to put faith in those things of the world which seem dependable and absolute– like boats that sink, hurricanes that destroy, as well as stocks and investments that lose their value.
What is dependable and unsinkable through all time?
In Jesus’ own words, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” [Mark 13:31 NIV]. In an unstable world, we can depend on God’s word. What He says, He means. What He says stands firm. What He says is forever.
That’s a truth worth thinking about. What can be a better investment than the eternal truths of the Bible? Is what is taking most of your time and attention dependable?
Don’t wait to step into a sinking boat to decide.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]