August 15, 2013
Family adrift in Pacific Ocean on mission to ‘see where God led us’
I've probably never been more stressed out then when I was entering my senior year of college. Two major moments were fast approaching: I was going to propose to my girlfriend and I was about to embark on a career in journalism (assuming someone would hire me and that was incredibly uncertain). The counsel I received from many friends was to pray about it. And I did.
But I've never been one to just ask God to tell me which direction I should head next. And that's what makes stories like this one so frustrating to read. Via NPR:
At which point the Gastonguays began drifting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Starving, they got a reprieve when a Canadian cargo ship spotted them and provided food. They later got a lift from a Venezuelan fishing boat.
The trouble I have with this story is not the way it's being reported. (Though I wonder what my GetReligion friends think.) It's with the wherever-God-takes-us attitude of the seafarers.
An analogy would be to the Gospel of wealth, which I've written critically about here and here. And just as giving money to God is not an investment plan -- no matter what some televangelist says -- forcing him to captain your ship is not a prudent move.
That is not a "leap of faith." It's stupidity.