OK… so how many of you are Humphrey Bogart fans?
I think he’s the best! But, I’m not talking about him today, I’m talking about one of his movies: The African Queen. The whole movie is about these two people trying to make it down a wild African river to the safety of the lake at its end. The go over falls, get shot at by soldiers, deal with alligators, suffer swarms of mosquitos, and even their boat breaks down. After all of this the river leads them into a swampy marsh… and they lose their way. Not only do they lose their way, but their boat finally becomes caught in the mud and reeds and sand. Bogey and his co-star Katherine Hepburn lay down on the deck of the boat to die… marooned.
But, just over the reeds… just out of sight… about a football fields length away (as the camera pans up and out) is the lake.
As works in progress we know that sometimes we just want to lay out on the deck of our marooned boat and die. So often it feels like we are alone and far away from where we wanted to be. But, we cannot see all ends. Sometimes we are just a hundred yards or so away… and we never even knew it.
Acts 17 (verses 27 & 28) reminds us that God is always close by like that… even when we can’t see, hear, taste, touch, or smell God:
so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for God and find God—though indeed God is not far from each one of us. For ‘In God we live and move and have our being’
in The African Queen a rainstorm came during the night and flooded the marsh… pushing the boat into the lake and towards sure salvation.
What’s pushing your boat… and where?