Sunday, October 13, 2013

Captain Phillips

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time-to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:9 NLT

At first I'm thinking of how distracted I get about living a holy life. It's like trying to just work and then you get pulled away and then try to get back to your task. Sip some coffee, I read and think. I'm reminded of Captain Phillips. Susan and I went to see it with some tickets she won from work. I also wanted to see my commercial that is currently playing in the AMC. It's a true story about a freight liner delivering food to kenya. The ship is hijacked by somalian pirates, which ends up taking the captain hostage on his own life boat. Tom Hanks stars as Captain Phillips and portrays a concerned captain entering these waters. He's warned via email about the pirated waters coming up. Sure enough, they get hijacked.  How many times, have I been hijacked on a daily basis. When I'm just trying to get things done, yet I see the warning signs and sometimes I don't listen and sometimes I do. The lightrail is under construction in my neighborhood, so I take a different route. When something gets thrown in my way, how do I react? I usually laugh and start using my connections to figure this out. Captain Phillips talked to his crew, who argued that they were union works and not u.s. navy. When Phillips gets taken hostage, the U.S. Navy surrounds the little life boat, yet the hijackers won't give up. How many times have I had men surrounding me to rescue me and I was deluted that they had to destroy the enemy, whatever it was, to free me. Phillips negotiated as best he could to keep his crew and himself alive. He was successful, but he said a line "half the u.s. navy is surrounding us, give up". God is stronger, even when the enemy thinks they are. He is bigger. 4 snipers took the 3 of the hijackers down at the same times (the leader was arrested). This is what the navy is for. Captain Phillips was just trying to work, and he got hit. How many times do things interrupt my schedule and I get stuck, and God puts people in my life to free me.

Hits me, I've got my own set of pirates, and God has called me to live a Holy life. I may not need the U.S. Navy but I still have back up. It was God's plan before the beginning of time to allow me to trust Him and live a Holy life. He likes to test me with my own set of pirates.