It’s not what happens to us. It’s about how we handle it that will make the difference!
We are having guests over at the moment. Of course they want to explore places of Ireland. One trip we like to make with our guests is a trip to see a famous famine ship — well, a replica of it. It’s called Dunbrody and it is moored in New Ross, Co. Wexford.
The tour starts inside a building next to it. Visitors can watch a short documentation and then the guide will tell more about the history of the ship. You will hear about the captain, the crew and the emigrants that had set their hope into a new land far away.
The ship, the bits and pieces and the people who work there turn the tour it into an amazing experience! Still, we can only get a glimpse of what the crew and the passengers have gone through while Dunbrody was on its way to North America.
Below deck you will also meet two actresses: one is playing the role of a steerage passenger, the other is acting as a first class passenger. It must have made a huge difference — in regard to comfort — and the two women tell their story well.
Being on that ship, imagining how they must have felt that time reminds me of how much more I need to humble myself; how much more I need to appreciate what God has given me: my husband, my son, my family, my friends. I also need to remind myself how easily I can take things like drink and food, running water, a nice and clean home with good-sized rooms, lovely furniture and a garden and even my health for granted 😦
It’s not so much what happens to us — how much money and things we’ve got, if we are renting a place or owning a home, if we are driving a twenty year old car or a brand-new one. These are all status symbols of the world. They can be gained or lost in an instant! Neither is it about our marital status or how many children we have or do not have.
We need to focus on making a difference by the way we travel while on our journey on earth. But we are so easily distracted on our journeys, looking around and complaining about the discomfort in our lives…
The Christian’s journey is not about traveling First Class. Many times there is anything but what the world would call comfort and success. We face some of the same issues other people are facing — Christians and non-believers alike. Hardships can throw us below deck.
One day, God will wipe away every tear from your eyes. There will be no more death, no more mourning, no more crying and no pain. (Revelation 21:4)