When I came to the end of story of The Raft, I felt myself wanting to know more about what happened to these men. After experiencing such a perilous scrape with death, what did they do with the rest of their lives? Wouldn’t an experience like that change you forever? Wouldn’t you want to live every moment grateful to be alive and make the most of each day? Sadly, it was reported that one of the men never escaped the demons of his time at sea and died at an early age.
We are changed forever in Christ. But how easy it can be to slip back into old patterns, to let things we’ve been delivered from continue to haunt us. Chances are, If you’d been lost at sea for 34 days and someone asked you to get back in that raft and do it all again, you’d reply with a resounding “Heck, no!” and run the other way. But that’s what we do in our mind when we believe the enemy’s lies… it’s like voluntarily getting back in that raft, barely staying afloat in dangerous water.
“Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.” (1 Tim. 6:11, The Message)
Even more common perhaps, is a subtle flirting with temptation. There’s no crash, you’re not dropped in the middle of sea, but you go back and hang out at shore from time to time. It seems safe enough at first, but the wind picks up a bit, and before you know it, you’ve drifted out to sea again. Thankfully, all it takes to get back home is to remember the truth: You’re not lost, you’ve already been rescued! No paddling, no navigating, no self-effort are necessary. Just believing and remembering who you really are in Christ. And once you’re back on solid ground, to stand firm and think twice before you go near the shore again.
“But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.” (Col. 1:23)
Story taken from: “The Raft: The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen Against the Sea” by Robert Trumbull