On Saturday, October 8th, 2011, a loving Florida family set out for a family fishing trip in their 22 foot fishing boat. The weather conditions weren't the best. They knew there was a great possibility for storms, but their desire to fish was stronger than the danger of the seas.
After they cast their lines, they realized the storms were worse than they originally thought. The waves picked up momentum, and the winds gusted more than 40 miles per hour. Their boat capsized. An elderly woman who wasn't wearing a life jacket was swept away and drowned. Three men grabbed the tip of their boat, but a four year old girl and her mother drifted away, clinging to a cooler.
Storms were so fierce that rescue helicopters couldn't get close to the water. Many hours later, after the storm had subsided, a commerical boat found the men hanging onto their capsized boat. They informed the Coast Guard that the women were missing, and the Coast Guard found them a few hours later. After 20 hours of treading water, mild hypothermia, Jelly Fish stings, a dark rainy night at sea, and utter exhaustion, the mother and daughter told reporters that one thing kept them alive--clinging to the cooler.
As Christians, when we feel like we're "Lost at Sea", there's only one thing that keeps us alive--clinging to the cross! When was the last time you reached for your lifeline, the anchor of Calvary? Through faith, grab it and hold on for dear life. Without it, it's only a matter of time before you drown.