Steve's reflections on life

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Below The Waterline
A year or so ago an apple tree fell in our back garden. It was a strange sight to see a healthy tree laden with fruit laying on the ground particularly as there had been no wind. A closer look revealed that the roots were very small and tightly knitted together. My friend reckoned that when the tree was purchased the roots were wrapped in a plastic bag for ease of travel. The bag was supposed to be removed, of course, when the small tree was placed in the ground but that probably never happened. It took years but ultimately the quality of what was beneath the surface was not sufficient to sustain the weight of the fruit above it.

Let me tell you another story. An experienced yachtsman attempted a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. The boat was brilliantly designed and equipped with state of the art satellite communications but disaster was coming. Radio contact was lost a week and a half into the crossing and eventually a search and rescue team tragically discovered the yacht upside down in the Atlantic.

It was very rare for a sailing boat to capsize and the yachting community began to ask questions. The investigators discovered that a vital part of the boat’s design was missing. The yacht was supposed to have an 8,000lb weight attached to its keel, a crucial design feature, that maintained its stability out at sea. The rigging, the sails and the onboard technology were all impressive but there was something missing below the waterline.

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 The Bible)

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