Monday, May 10, 2010

The Titanic and the Hand of God

Last night I was in the kitchen watching the film Titanic (1997, directed by James Cameron). I probably watched the first hour of the film when Susie walked in. She said that she had seen the film before. Susie then said something very interesting. She said that John's (her husband) grandfather was in England in 1912 and had bought a ticket to America. He was supposed to leave on the Titanic, but at the last moment, he gave his ticket to someone else. Wow! And, of course, that individual probably persished when the Titanic hit the iceberg and sank. The Lord obviously preserved John's grandfather for a reason.

John's grandfather was a French Basque and he eventually made it to America. He ended up here in the Cedarville, California area. He was sponsored by a rancher and worked as a sheepherder. In my hitchhiking travels, I know that there are a lot of people of Basque descent in Nevada and Idaho.

Back to the Titanic film. There was this scene at the beginning where this wealthy family was getting ready to board the Titanic. This young man was bragging about the greatness of the Titanic and said that God himself couldn't sink her. A few days later, the Titanic was lying on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Pride comes before a fall.

God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts. In God's economy, some vessels are created for honor and some vessels are created for dishonor. Example: Moses was created for honor, but Pharaoh was created for dishonor or destruction; Jacob was created for honor, but Esau was created for dishonor; more recently: Winston Churchill was created for honor, but Adolf Hitler was created for destruction. What comes into play in all of this is a balance between God's sovereign will and man's will (will man submit to the will of the Father?) or the balance between grace and faith. We are not saved by grace alone and we are not saved by faith alone: it is the grace of God and the faith of man working together. The Lord obviously had plans for John's grandfather and/or for one of his descendants.

The Basque Museum & Cultural Center in Boise, Idaho
Titanic, the Movie:  What God Showed Me
The Titanic, the Church:  A Comparison


  1. Thanks Tim. I'm glad you sent this to me. Very interesting how God moves in people's lives. Also, in the movie an Italian boy and Jack win their passage onboard Titanic from 2 Swedish boys. The Swedish boys are very angry they've lost their passage and the Italian boy and Jack are overjoyed with excitement. John's grandfather was spared. In my recent experiences that prompted my Titanic Blog. It was made clear to me what you wrote about how some are vessels of God's wrath (dishonor) and others as honor (mercy); God showed me clearly the Moses - Pharaoh scene. God bless, thank you brother.

  2. The obvious lesson about the sinking of the Titanic is that pride comes before a fall. Everybody thought that the Titanic was unsinkable. Maybe they should have said, if it is God's will, we will make it across the Atlantic Ocean to America. It is always a good idea to put God first.

    Also, if I remember, at the end of the film "Titanic", Jack saved the young lady's life; he froze to death and she didn't. Some vessels are created to sacrifice their lives for others--sounds like true love.