the Seas of Life
June 1, 1965, Robert Manry, a 47-year-old newspaper
copy editor for the Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer
aboard his 13.5-foot sailboat, Tinkerbelle, to
begin his solo voyage across the
. He arrived in
seventy-eight days later on August 17, 1965. At the
time of the crossing, the Tinkerbelle was the
smallest boat to have ever crossed the
the 3,200-mile voyage, Manry was knocked overboard by
big waves, suffered from hallucinations, repaired a
broken rudder in mid-ocean, and was awakened one
morning by a surfacing submarine.
after 78 days, when Manry finally approached
, he thought only of tying up to some dock, finding a
hotel room, and getting some sleep.
But an enthusiastic crowd had other ideas.
A fleet of about 300 small boats came out to
greet him, all blowing their horns in salute.
Forty thousand well-wishers lined the docks,
cheering him on. What
a welcome he received!*
precarious journey across the
provides some important lessons for US about LIFE.
is a journey, and it is quite difficult at times.
Jesus comforted but also warned his disciples:
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me
you may have peace. In the world you will have
tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome
the world" (John 16:33).
There are times in life when the sailing
smooth, but there are stormy times as well.
is that if we will continue to hold to the course that
God has provided in His Word, then we will reach a
safe Harbor – Heaven, where we will receive a joyous
has made this possible for us by dying on the cross
for our sins (Ephesians 1:7).
The course to Heaven is by Way of God’s Son -
Jesus (John 14:6), believing
in Him (Acts
16:30-31), turning from our sins in repentance
(2 Cor 7:9-10), confessing
Jesus before men
(Romans 10:9-10), being baptized
(immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins
(Acts 2:38), and following Him faithfully (1 John
whether at sea or on land, can be difficult....
But if we remain true to the Course (God’s
Savior) and weather life’s storms, God will bring us
to a safe and glorious Harbor. And what a welcome WE
on the right course?
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1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
* Information gleaned
from Wikipedia -- “Robert Manry”
Memory Project -- http://www.clevelandmemory.org/ebooks/tinkerbelle/
Manry” -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Manry;
and “Tinkerbelle” --
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