The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Don't Run Aground

"But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move...." (Acts 27:41a)

While out clamming in the bay last week, my partner and I saw the largest boat, (perhaps 50 feet) that I had ever seen run aground. In today's verse, all 276 people aboard the ship that landed unceremoniously on a sandbar off the island of Malta, survived, despite running aground. "and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf..." (Acts 2741b) The boat that we encountered had only 2 people on board and they were in no physical danger. They had just misjudged where the deep channel was and ran the boat on to a sand bar. Stuck fast on the bar, it was still two hours before low tide, so they would have to wait at least 8 hours and hope that the tide got high enough for them to float off. The marine police and the sea towing service both encountered the boat, and there was nothing to do but wait. The policeman could not resist taking a selfie... Running aground is potentially damaging to one's boat, not to mention embarrassing... I just knew that I could turn this event into a devotional. You folks that live along the shore can easily picture this situation, but all of you dry-landers might have a bit more difficulty. Its kind of like getting your car stuck in the mud, but worse. When you run aground, navigation is impossible. We do not want anything to hinder us from navigating our way through life. Even when disasters strike, we do not want to get bogged down and unable to function... Fortunately, as Christians, we are given a complete set of navigational devices. Running aground causes everything to come to a screeching halt. All of us out on the water have heard that sound of the boat hitting a shoal, the screeching sound of of the engine, and then silence and stoppage. We'll look at some of our navigational aids tomorrow...

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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