Monday Minute in the WordThe Titanic left Southampton, England on April 10, 1912. Four days later, at 11:40pm, this “unsinkable” ship struck an iceberg and ripped a hole in the hull, flooding five of her watertight compartments. In less than three hours, the ship broke apart and sunk beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. More than 1,500 of the 2,223 passengers and crew lost their lives.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Recently, I visited the Titanic exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The exhibit includes hundreds of items brought up from the wreckage, including a piece of the hull that visitors are allowed to touch. The exhibit also tells the story of the fateful ship and many of her passengers. They ranged from wealthy socialites privileged to travel in luxury to poor immigrants who barely scraped enough money together for a spot in the bowels of the ship.


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While I toured the exhibit, I couldn’t stop thinking about what those people faced that dreadful night. Can you imagine the terror that both rich and poor felt when they realized the ship would sink? How many had the comfort of God’s presence? Maybe many turned to Him for the first time in those last desperate moments. Yes, Christians and non-Christians alike went down with the ship, but those who belonged to God had a distinct advantage.

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:1-2, NLT

The Christians on the Titanic did not face the tragedy alone. Whether they shivered in lifeboats or succumbed to hypothermia in the freezing water, God was with Him. As they passed through the “deep waters,” He held them. God rescued some of His people from death that night. Others He rescued through death and brought them into His eternal presence.

Has a Titanic recently sailed into your life? Do you feel the waters rising? Know this: if you belong to God, He is with you. Whether He chooses to rescue you from your circumstance or through it, He will rescue you.

What circumstance of life threatens to consume you today? Do you feel God’s presence?

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