During my stint in the Navy on the USS Connole FF-1056, I had to replace the aircraft warning lights; the red lights that you can see at the highest point of the ship’s mast to prevent aircraft from hitting it. (Also found on towers and buildings, etc.) It was dangerous work and I was the only one willing to do it. But this particular day would be different. As I hung changing the light a terrible storm was coming through. I was ordered to stay up because it was more dangerous for me to climb down. At first I thought my shipmates were out of their minds, but the force of the wind and the pelting rain proved difficult…I could fall, and it was about 14 floors down. I was holding on to the mast top for dear life and my team was afraid it would snap due to the force of the wind. Suddenly I felt a calm peace surround me and heard my chief whisper over my radio to let go. ”Do you trust me?” he asked. “No” I replied, “but I do trust God.” I no longer heard the wind, felt the beating rain…just the calm. I prayed and let go. I had turned my harness into a make shift sling and just hung. I don’t know how long I was up there but it was so peaceful… you guessed it, I fell asleep.
All good sailors check their equipment to make sure it can deliver; but many don’t check their faith to see if God can. We put our trust in people and things that are here today and gone tomorrow, not trustworthy or reliable, and we do the same with our salvation. God alone is secure and will not allow us to fall; God alone saves and is steady as a rock. Until next time…if we put our hope in God, we shall not fall. …luv ya! Deacon Phil