3 Mexicans Lost at Sea

In 2006, the BBC and other news outlets reported an astonishing event involving three Mexican fishermen.  In October ‘05, the fishermen left their small fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico to hunt for shark, taking only a few supplies.  But things didn’t go as planned.  A few miles out at sea, the motor on their 25-foot boat suddenly stopped working.

You know that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when something goes terribly wrong?  What might they have felt as they slowly began to drift towards the endless Pacific, instead of dry land?  With no power and no sail, they were at the mercy of the winds and currents.

Several times their boat almost capsized due to wild storms.  Sure, they were surrounded by water, but could not drink a single drop of it.  Instead, they got by drinking rainwater, and eating fish or the odd seagull that happened to land on the small boat for a rest – completely raw.  Nine whole months… the same thing day after day.  Scanning the horizon for any signs of help only to find nothing.  To put it in perspective, finding a small boat in the middle of the world’s largest ocean is like being told to find a single penny in a large city like Toronto or Mississauga.  Hopeless.

But on the morning of August 9th, 2006, a large fishing vessel stumbled upon the three men accidentally – 5,000 miles from home, halfway to Australia.

What kind of feelings do you think coursed through them when they were finally discovered?  It’s hard to imagine the tidal wave of relief as the ship pulled alongside their tiny vessel.  They were desperately lost, but now, against all odds, they had been found.

Right now, thousands are floating on the ocean of life without a sail: no clear purpose or direction.  Existing, yes.  Surviving, sure.  Despite how well life may appear to be on the outside, without God at the helm and His word as your compass, the situation is no better than our 3 Mexican friends.  In fact, in many respects they were better off because they actually knew they were desperately lost.

Could you imagine the ship pulling up alongside them after 9 months, and they shout up to the captain: “No, we’re OK.  Thanks for asking.  Just out for a day on the high seas!  Carry on.”

The amazing thing about God is that he has sent his Son, the Lord Jesus, who came to seek and to save those who are lost.  To actively bring them back to God.  To take them out of the ocean of sin, from being destroyed by the raging waves of life, to feed their souls with true nourishment, and to plant them on solid ground.

But for a variety of reasons, many people turn down his outstretched hand because they have grown accustomed to their life on the seas; “We’re OK!” Sadly unaware that God has something so much more for them.  We’re not speaking of religion here, but the true and living God.  Religion, even Christian religion, is an empty shell and a poor substitute for God.  And for those who hunger and thirst for more of Him, they are never disappointed.

Know that there is another path; an alternative to the empty blue horizon of individualism and materialism all around us. In an age of sophisticated technology, changing world situations, and crumbling relationships, we can continue to rely on the unchanging words of Jesus Christ and His offer of eternal life to all who will believe in Him. It might be the road less traveled, but it is the only road that leads to eternal life.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30