地平线

I was listening to a Chinese song in the car the other day, and these words ‘地平线’ caught my attention. The phrase means ‘horizon’ and got me thinking about lines, perspective, distance and depth (don’t ask me how my mind works!) And then I remembered this brief but interesting fact I read in the introduction chapter of a seminar guidebook. This was given out during the Men’s Conference I attended in church last Saturday, and it tells of how ships have this marking on their sides known as the Plimsoll line, which helps to warn of the danger of load overlimit. In 19th century England, Samuel Plimsoll became aware of a deadly danger faced by sailors. Each year, hundreds of sailors on ships that were dangerously overloaded drowned in their watery graves. Overloaded ships left the harbour, only to fail at sea. Bearing this problem no longer, Plimsoll launched an intense campaign to save these sailors in danger. Finally, laws were passed in England to make sure that every ship set a load line at a level that would ensure the ship’s safety. Soon, Plimsoll’s load line became the world standard, and Plimsoll was called “the Sailor’s Friend.”

We too need a Plimsoll mark as we navigate through life. Our Creator God has given us biblical insights into life’s load limits. We will not arrive safely at our destiny unless we know the Divine “Plimsoll” Line. Jesus Christ our Saviour and Friend exposes the dangers that lurk and enables us to navigate through the storms and waves of life.

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~ by irwin on May 18, 2011.

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