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An Explorer and Eyes of Faith

In 2008, a group of research explorers went looking for the remains of a couple of ships, and it wasn’t until 2014, that one of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found. It was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them. Sir John Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845, to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The expedition's disappearance shortly after, became one of the great mysteries of the age of Victorian exploration.

In the eighteen hundreds, Sir John Franklin, a British Naval officer, led more than one expedition to discover the north-west passage to be a fact.  His fourth and final expedition in 1845, was committed to finding the Canadian Arctic passage by ship.  Franklin was a believer, and as an adventuring naval man, his life verse was found in the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 43:2 "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.”

Franklin believed God had his life in His hands, and nothing could disturb him in such a divine place. In his time, the oceans had not been fully explored as yet. There were still places where sailors had not reached and mapped everything out. In such places on maps, sailors would mark the map with sayings like, “Here be dragons” or “Here be demons” or “Here be sirens” But Franklin wrote on his maps a different statement across the uncharted areas. “Here is God.”

Sir John Franklin trusted that God was in all of the uncharted waters he was passing through, and he was never alone there. This was what his eyes of faith could see, not demons, dragons, and sirens – He knew God to be by his side.

“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

We learn to trust the Lord, even if what we are going through, simply means we become a symbol or example of what faith can mean in a single life. As we are studying through the book of Job on Sunday mornings, we see Job’s life in the first two chapters at a point where there is nothing. When everything gets stripped away, and it is just you and God – there is who you are, not everything else you have made out as your identity. All of the stuff, the money, the family, the job, everything else is not who you are. This is where Job is right now, facing himself, and still holding on to God. 

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