"Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep."
-- Psalm 107:23-24
In the first week in March 2019, we were in a ship crossing the Pacific Ocean between Lahaina, Maui and Ensenada, Mexico. Our room had a small balcony. Many mornings I sat on that balcony with my cup of hot tea and searched the horizon for something. Anything!
Very little did I ever see but ocean. The ocean is a little larger than it appears on a map. From our 12th deck view, I estimated the horizon must be about 15 miles distant.
I am told the curvature of the earth is not discernible from that height. However, I find it interesting the horizon was a little higher in the middle of the perfectly straight hand rail I was sighting across.
Some days the seas were 4 to 12 feet and the ship swayed and pitched like a fish bobber. Other days the sea was as smooth as a pond. The captain adjusted the speed to ensure our scheduled arrival in Ensenada.
After several days of this view, it became very monotonous and boring. Near the coasts, an occasional whale or porpoise surfaced. I did see an occasional smaller fish come to the surface to observe our 120,000 ton vessel. It must have looked like a monster to them at nearly 1,000 feet long and 19 stories in height.
We were on the port side of the ship. At times I looked northward, wondering exactly in which direction Anchorage or Seattle or our final destination of Los Angeles might be.
The most appropriate word I can think of is "tragic" when I think of the millions, actually billions of people that spend their lives looking for something that is there, but they cannot see. Jesus said in three verses in Matthew, chapter twenty four, "Beware of false prophets and false teachers." Many times people look for that something because of being misled.
Many religions and many gods have been invented over the centuries to satisfy that inner need mankind has. That desire within the human heart and mind to have someone or something to worship is so powerful it must be satisfied.
I fully well realize the customs and practices of every religion may appear bizarre to others. Some of the rituals and observances we humans have manufactured in our feeble attempts to find a god are in many cases quite humorous.
A Bible study met on the ship every morning at nine. We had a discussion concerning information in the Bible that God (the real God) gave us in the scriptures.
He told us hundreds of years ago, things that He and only He could have known. The God of the Bible is proven to be the omnipotent and omniscient one that created us.
For example, He told us in Isaiah 40: 22 that the earth was round, twenty-one hundred years before Columbus discovered America. Someone in the study mentioned the scripture concerning the rivers in the sea (Psalm 8: 8). These "rivers" or currents were not discovered by man until the early 1800's. Those seemed like appropriate examples because of where we were.
Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1: 6, told us about the wind patterns on the earth. In verse seven, he accurately described the hydrologic cycle. At sea, there are days one can literally see that taking place.
Jeremiah 33: 22 tells us the stars "are without number." Astronomers believed they would some day be able to count, map and chart all the stars in the universe. When the Hubble telescope was placed in orbit in 1990, they changed their minds. They now estimate there are over 100 billion galaxies, each containing more than 100 billion stars. Do the words "without number" come to mind?
The old sailors' poem, "Red sky in morning, sailor take warning; red sky at night, sailor's delight," is found in the Bible (Matthew 16: 2).
Many in today's world are searching for something in all the wrong places. Many have analytical and discerning minds that need verification; proof, if you will. Just because grandma or some holy man said it, doesn't make it so. Faith is a tremendous and wonderful gift of God. Faith is believing in something you cannot prove with conventional earthly means. Recognizing of course, proof is within the mind of the beholder.
Science and Christianity have come together in the last 200 years in ways that no one would have previously thought possible. God, the only real, true god, did, in fact, inspire the writing of the Bible.
I sat on the balcony of that ship searching the horizon. There was nothing there; or was there? With 12,000 feet of water below me, there was a lot there. That horizon mankind is searching does hold an answer. The God of the Bible is the only one that has told us so much we had no other way of knowing.
Christianity is really simple, you either believe it, or you don't. The God of the Bible proves Himself to us every day. Open your eyes and see. Matthew 7: 7-8 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."