Pride & Shipwreck
A few days ago, while riding my bike off Blackburn Point Rd. I stopped for a rest at the Boat Ramp that faces north toward the Intracoastal. While drinking my water I noticed a Yellow Sea Tow boat with two men wrestling with pulling a sunk boat out of the waterway. They were really struggling with the recovery, due to how long the boat had been submerged in the water. Some questions went through my mind as I watched the “recovery”. I wondered if all aboard the boat had made it to safety, how did the boat sink, and how could the shipwreck have been prevented…etc.? The following story about a shipwreck gives us a terrific moral lesson.
PRIDE CAUSES A 1986 SHIPWRECK IN THE BLACK SEA
In the summer of 1986, two ships collided in the Black Sea off the coast of Russia. Hundreds of passengers died as they were hurled into the icy waters below. News of the disaster was further darkened when an investigation revealed the cause of the accident. It wasn’t a technology problem like radar malfunction–or even thick fog. The cause was human stubbornness. Each captain was aware of the other ship’s presence nearby. Both could have steered clear, but according to news reports, neither captain wanted to give way to the other. Each was too proud to yield first. By the time they came to their senses, it was too late. “Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusts in the LORD, happy is he.” Proverbs 16:18-20
Guarding from shipwreck, Pastor Larry
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