At the time of the sinking of the Titanic, one of the greatest American preachers was in Belfast, Ireland. The Titanic had been built in Belfast and there was a great local pride over the mighty ship. She had been heralded far and wide as “The unsinkable ship” Sixteen members in all skilled mechanics went down with her. The mayor said that Belfast had never been in such grief as that which came verified that the gallant ship was certainly lost. So deep was the grief that it is said strong men met upon the streets, grasped each other’s hands burst into tears and parted without a word.

The visiting American preached the Sunday after the tragedy in the church to which the sixteen members who had been lost belonged. Not only was the building packed but on the platform were Lords, Bishops and Ministers of all denominations. In the audience many widows were sitting and orphans were sobbing on every side. The great preacher took as his subject: “The Unsinkable ship.” But he did not apply that term to the Titanic which on her first voyage had gone out into the Atlantic and crashed into an iceberg, carrying her precious cargo of human lives down the watery grave.

No, the preacher’s message was about that other ‘unsinkable ship’ the frail boat on the Sea of Galilee, unsinkable because the Master of land and sea was asleep on a pillow in the hinder part of the vessel. Thank God He still lives and rides the billows and controls the storms, when the children of men take Christ as their only true pilot back on board. They will ride out their storms and He will bring the vessel through to the fair harbor of safety.

Are you traveling in the ship of your intellect, talents, capacities and wisdom or are you safe in ‘Noah’s ark’, obedient to the will and order of your great captain, Jesus Christ?

Of stepping on shore and finding it heaven

Of taking hold of a hand and finding it God’s hand

Of passing from storm and tempest to an unbroken calm

Of waking up and finding it Home.