Sailing across the Sea of Galilee was an amazing experience. When we got to the other side we visited the museum of a 2000-year old boat.
In 1986, two brothers discovered it when a severe drought lowered the water level of the Sea of Galilee. This boat has been dated to the First Century AD. It’s about twenty-six feet long and eight feet wide, and has been painstakingly preserved. It is believed to be the kind of boat Jesus rode in. It shows us, at least, what boats used for fishing and transportation across the lake were like then.
So this boat is 2,000 years old. Yet it survived! It had not simply sunk, but had been buried in the sea floor – safe from where the minerals, plant and animal life and the erosive effects of the water’s currents could take its toll. But why this boat?
Evidence suggests that it had a hard life – broken timbers had been reused; lots of repairs and patching were observed. Yet it survived.
The use of twelve different wood types, and the types of repair jobs, suggests that its owner was a fisherman of meager means. Yet it survived.
This vessel carried simple fishermen. It took them where they needed to go. It kept them afloat. It provided a base from which they worked. And it survived. It may have even been used by the Jews in a battle against the Romans in 67 AD. Yet it survived!
Think about it:
How many of us, like this boat, have had a hard life?
Been batted about by the waves of life.
How many of us have experienced brokenness?
Been patched up?
Maybe we even have scars from past battles.
We too, are vessels. As Christians, we are vessels of the Holy Spirit. We too, may have been damaged and repaired. We too, may be of “meager means.” Yet we can be like that Ancient Galilean boat. We too, can survive!
It wasn’t the fancy boat of a wealthy man. It wasn’t a boat made of the strongest wood. It wasn’t the biggest. It wasn’t the best. Why did it alone, survive? Because it was a boat that God had a purpose for!
Do you know God’s purpose for you?
He tells you in Jeremiah 29:11. He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
Because God has a purpose for you, you can survive!
Whatever you are facing now, you can survive.
Whatever you have faced, you can survive.
Whatever you are about to face, you can survive.
Against all odds, because God has a plan for you, you can survive!