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Distress Signal

September 04, 2017
Distress Signal
A U.S. warship that sank 72 years ago during World War II has been found on the bottom of the Philippine Sea. The USS Indianapolis was returning from its mission of delivering parts for the nuclear bomb that devastated Hiroshima when it was hit by a Japanese torpedo. It sank so fast there was no time to send out a distress signal. Within twelve minutes, the steel bulk of the massive ship slipped below the relentless waves, taking nearly 400 crewmembers with it.

Although around 800 men survived the initial sinking, tragically only 315 were still alive to be rescued when help finally arrived five days later. As of August of 2017, twenty-two of these surviving sailors were still living.

Details that surfaced in 2016 led the researchers to locate parts of the sunken relic at a depth of 18,000 feet. Amazingly, the name of the ship was found on some of the wreckage, positively identifying the vessel.

Today we have only to scan the news headlines to know that our planet is a fast-sinking ship, critically damaged by the torpedo of sin. But unlike the unfortunate Indianapolis, each of us can send out a distress signal that will most certainly be heard: “In my distress I cried to the Lord, and He heard me” (Psalm 120:1).

Although we experience and are surrounded by tragic events, tragedy does not have to be the final outcome of our lives. It is because of our desperate circumstances that Jesus arrived as our Rescuer. He came so that “whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:15). Today, He offers hope and full forgiveness for our sins. In fact, He has promised to “cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).

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