If Gilligan thought he was in a predicament with his “three hour tour”, he should have met Toakai Teitoi from the island of Maiana. Toakai was travelling back home with his brother in law. It was supposed to be a short, easy voyage, but during the trip, they decided to fish along the way, but they fell asleep. When they woke up the next morning, they realized they had drifted miles from shore in their fifteen foot wooden boat. They tried to sail back to shore, but they ran out of fuel, and shortly after, drinking water. Dehydration set in, and it was so severe that Toakai’s brother in law died on July 4th, 2012. Toakai slept next to him that evening in that cramped boat, and the next morning buried him at sea.
The night his brother in law died, Toakai prayed earnestly for God to save him. The next day, there was a massive storm, and Toakai was able to fill five-gallon containers with fresh water, but as the weeks and months continued to pass, so did Toakai’s chances for survival.
On September 11th, 2012, Toakai woke up to the sound of loud scratching against his boat, as a massive shark was bumping against its hull. As Toakai came to his senses, he saw another boat full of fishermen, ready to take him home. Toakai believes that shark was God coming to the rescue, because without it, he would have never seen the fishermen in the distance.
God used a massive fish to save Jonah. God used a donkey to save Balaam. God used a bronze snake to save the Israelites. God used a shark to save Toakai Teitoi. What will God use to save you?
When you find yourself “lost at sea”, keep your eyes open and your faith alive. He can rescue you in ways you can’t imagine. As they say, “stranger things have happened.”