Sea Captains and
the Marvels of God
“He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still.”
It has often been said there are few atheists among sea captains during a storm. In the mid to late 1800's there was a sea captain and ship owner on the Great Lakes. His name was Captain Lewis Ludington.
Being a sea captain on the Great Lakes was a very perilous occupation due to storms. There are thousands of ships at the bottom of the Great Lakes as a testimony to this.
When he died his close friend the poet Edgar A. Guest wrote a poem titled “A Beacon Soul” in his honor. A stanza read: “For forty years or more he trod the decks of ships and came to be, I'm sure, on closer terms with God than men who never went to sea.”
But his deep faith came from more than his often perilous voyages. It also came from a deep belief in thinking and his observation of God's work.
Another stanza reads: “Thought made him tender, friendly, wise, and gave him faith no hurt could shake. He found within the starry skies marvels which only God could make.”
While we may not “trod the decks of ships”, we marvel at God's workmanship when we turn our eyes upward to the starry skies. But, we also experience violent storms.
Jesus and his disciples experienced a violent storm on the Sea of Galilee. The disciples were so afraid that they shouted to Jesus that they were perishing! Jesus answered them by saying, “...why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:23-27)
When you are experiencing violent storms, to whom do you turn? Do you want to come to closer terms with God? Are you in control of the violent storm or is the violent storm in control of you?
The more you develop your spiritual growth and your understanding of the marvels of God's work the more you will embrace Jesus's comforting words when He said, “No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm--I will come to you.” (John 14:18)
Lord God thank you for your promise that you are always with us. Help us to put complete trust in You as the storms appear. Amen
~ Ann Brock Ludington