February 10, 2015

 

Keep Watch

 

 

Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.

Mark 13:35-36

On August 8, 1914, Ernest Shackleton set sail from Plymouth, England aboard a three-masted wooden ship – the Endurance - with a band of twenty-nine hardy volunteers. Their aim was to cross and explore the frozen continent of Antarctica.

Shackleton, called “The Boss” by his crew, labored hard along-side his men, building unity. In January, the Endurance became icebound. After a time, the ice pressed into the ship’s hull. Water poured in and the Endurance began to sink. The men escaped and were able to set up camp on a floating sheet of ice. Shackleton did whatever he could day by day to keep up morale among his loyal team, even sacrificing his own comforts for his men. Then, in April of 1916 the sheet of ice upon which they camped began to break apart, forcing the men to take refuge on a small frozen island.

The Boss and 5 others left in a lifeboat to sail to the closest inhabited island for help, leaving his second in command, Frank Wild, in charge. Following The Boss’s example, Wild worked hard to keep morale high among the weary crew. Never losing hope, every morning he rolled out of his sleeping bag with the admonition to the men, “Get your things ready, boys! The Boss may come today!” And every day for 105 days, the expectant crew watched the horizon for Shackleton’s return.

Frank Wild never doubted. Shackleton did return, and his crew was ready.

Jesus is coming back, too. His return draws closer with each passing day. And His command to you is this: Watch! Stay awake! Live faithfully and obediently to Him, so that when He appears, you will be ready.

Have a Great Day and Keep Moving Forward!