Blog #16

I've always been intrigued by the passge in the Bible where Jesus says, 'the foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head'. (Matt 8:20, NASB) There were undoubtedly times when Jesus would have had to sleep out under the stars due to the lack of available accomodation or a friendly welcome but the reality of the essentially nomadic life that Jesus was following needed to be made clear to those like the enquiring scribe who claimed he would go wherever Jesus was going and live the life of a pilgrim.

I recently read an article about a small ship, the Arka Kinari, that has been sailing the Pacific Ocean since leaving Mexico shortly before many countries, including the Pacific Island states, commenced the start of lockdown. It has a Indonesian theatre troupe aboard that ordinarily would tie up at a convenient harbour and perform from the deck of the ship. But, as you might have guessed, the boat has been unable to dock anywhere from Hawaii to Fiji to the Solomon Islands. Nobody wants what they have to offer.

The irony is that, having sailed continuously for over two months, the crew have been in splendid isolation and show no symptoms of Corona virus at all. If they were able to land somewhere they are the ones who would be most at risk. They hope eventually to rest up and make repairs at home in Indonesia.

I think that Jesus knew what this kind of journey felt like but not so much because the lack of accomodation. For Him it must have been much more to do with the rejection felt from people refusing to receive what he had to offer; life in abundance. Maybe there are times in your own life when you feel you are wandering from place to place and person to person and no-one wants or understands what you have to offer either. The gospel seems to go unheeded and disregarded. But don't give up. God is still able to reach the lost through you. Keep holding out the gift of life and someone will eventually take it.