Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My brother in law, Mike, served our country honorably for years in the Navy’s Submarine Service. In the years after his retirement, Mike shared a few memories of those days with me. I remember him saying that subs had the best food in the Navy, and smiling as reminisced about the smell of freshly baked cookies filling the sub. Mike also spoke about the challenges and benefits of living in such close quarters with others. He spoke of something called “hot-racking;” a procedure in which different sailors used the same bunks on different shifts because of a lack of space. But Mike also said that living in such close quarters allowed him to make many very deep and lasting friendships. All in all, Mike enjoyed his time in the service, and he served very well.
This morning I was reminded of something Mike said that did not strike me as particularly remarkable at the time. He said that, unlike surface vessels, being in a submarine gave them the ability for them to sail in any weather. There were times when hurricanes were raging above them, but they were never forced to abandon their mission. As the winds and waves grew greater and more threatening above them, they simply went deeper along the same course.
Friends, we brothers and sisters are on a great mission for Jesus Christ. But if we are to continue to fulfill our purpose of glorifying God by making disciples of all nations amid stormy times like these we must go deeper in our relationship with the Lord.
Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that, in Me, you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
As the storms rage around us let us stay the course God has given us by going deeper in our walk with Jesus through increased devotion, prayer, Bible study and service.