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The music also reminds me of the strange feeling I had while watching the movie. At times, I could see myself entering certain scenes. While in the scene I would stand among the people, get in their face and say, Hey, youre on the Titanic! See? Its April 14, 1912. Look, the name of this ship is clearly displayed in several places on the vessel. See? T-I-T-A-N-I-C. I know, I knowthe word is that this is an unsinkable vessel. They joke and say, Even God couldn't sink this ship. But this ship will hit an iceberg tonight. Its going down. There arent nearly enough life boats and most of you have only a few hours to live. Hours! Do whatever you need to do to get ready for that. Id catch myself just short of singing, Just as I am. But, of course, I couldnt reach them. Like a crazy dream, I was right there. I could see the people. Hear them talking. But they couldnt see or hear me.
And tonight, as the music plays, I think, Hey, were all on the Titanic. Were on eartha doomed vessel. Its going down in fire, not water. It could happen any day nowthese are the last days. And even if earth should outlast us, we all have an appointment with death. For... [our days]...quickly pass and we fly away. (Psalm 90)
Right now, as the CD spins, Celine Dion is singing Titanics exquisite theme, My Heart Will Go On. In my midnight thoughts this title is appropriate. Yes, we will go on. Death isnt the end. Christians will spend eternity with God. What a promise.
I dont want to be morbid but were all sinking. And the question for everyone is, Are we ready? Ready for the end? Of the world? Our lives? These are the most important question well ever answer. I hope that we, washed in the blood of Jesus, can answer, Yes, Im ready. And while were at it, shouldnt we warn others that earth is a sinking ship? Shouldnt we tell them the Good News?
But back to the movie. As the credits rolled, I noticed there was an oversight. A huge oversight. The pivotal role in the movie was the iceberg. And it wasnt even mentioned in the creditsor at the Academy Awards ceremony. But without the iceberg, the big boat would have had an uneventful maiden voyage. There would have been no night to remember. No movie.
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It probably would have gone like this: On the rebound, Rose wheedled her way back to Whats His Name, the irksome, pretentious guy with plenty of old money. Jack wound up married to a poor woman; prettyin her plain way. He drove a delivery truck for a small manufacturing firm in New York City until his retirement. Finally, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren, he diedwarm and in his bedat age ninety.
Both Rose and Whats His Name would be killed together on their honeymoon/safari in Lower Zamgucci. As the story goes, a rogue elephant charged through their camp in the middle of the night, trampling the tent in which they were sleeping.
See what I mean? No berg. No movie.
The thought about the unappreciated iceberg brings me to another legitimate point that has to do with some iceberg trivia. In my hours of serious research getting ready to write this column, I learned a lot about icebergs. My research shows that icebergs, after breaking off the polar ice caps, often move in different directions. How do you explain this unusual iceberg behavior?
Well, scientists who care about this sort of thing tell us the small icebergs are moved by the prevailing winds. They skitter along like sailboats. Large icebergs, on the other hand, are moved by the strong, steady ocean currents. The wind doesnt effect their behavior.
In this way, icebergs are a lot like people. Some folksChristians, evenare like the small icebergs. They are shallow runners, driven by the winds of change, temptations and lifes troubles. They are easily blown off course and life tosses them back and forth. Other people are like the large bergsthey run deep and are carried along by the deep substantial currents. Lifes temptations and troubles do not shove them off course.
So whats this all about? Just this: will we be small, light and immature, letting lifes prevailing winds blow us around? Or will we sink ourselves deeply in the steady current of Gods love and his Word and be led by the Father? Its our call.
We know Titanic, The Movie will have no sequel, no Titanic II. Because, like life, when its over its over. The Bible says, [We] are destined to die once and after that to face judgment.(Hebrews 9)
The bad news is this: Were all on a sinking ship. The good news is that Christ died to redeem everyone. There are plenty of lifeboats. The question is–will we climb in?
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