Even through the trials and horrible sea conditions, I was able to grasp a picture of the greater beauty that I think ever seaman is drawn to. The reward despite the turmoil. The reason they push on, season after dreary season. What draws captains and crews back to the water, even when they hardly think it’s possible to survive another day on the tempestuous sea.
And then I stepped back and realized the same lifestyle applies (or should apply) to Christians. Day after day of living in this depraved world – we press on toward the mark, the calling of Christ. Day after day of seeing new evils that lie in wait to destroy what little good remains – we’re called back out to the battlefield. And even when we think we can’t do it again, even when it gets so hard we want to crawl under the bed and tell God we “just can’t handle it” – we are called to step up and out into society and win souls for Christ. Because this is our calling, our purpose, our destiny. This is what we were made for.
Isn’t that exquisite?
I have to say thank you, Leslie, for teaching me this. Because it’s something I’ll never forget.
Money, a lot or a little, won’t resurrect you. It won’t lift your head over your breakfast. It won’t give your children back their playtime, their innocence. Money won’t patch up your marriage when you can hardly speak to each other. You are slain, emptied of everything except the desire to sleep. And the fish, vacant and innocent, keep coming. And then you know: What you thought you wanted more than anything – can kill you.
I specifically appreciated the way Mrs. Fields was able to pull a story out of her seemingly endless well and tie it faultlessly back into either her discoveries in Israel (where she visited in preparation for writing Crossing the Waters) or Biblical parables, many times both. I cannot express my appreciation for all the many things that were brought to light. I caught myself in awe at the revelations she had gained by living what the disciple lived when Christ called them away. It brought depth to the scriptures, to the emotions of His followers.
It’s not often I’m able to say this, but Leslies book was spot-on. When I read the scriptures, the gospels, in specific, I’ll think of her book. I’ll remember the things she taught me. I’ll revel in the beauty of the devotion and commitment these seamen had to Christ 2,000 years ago– and I’ll try to imitate it with my every breath.
*disclaimer: I received a free paper copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a positive review."