And all were astounded at the greatness of God. (Luke 9:43 NRSV)
There was an amusing story in the papers recently about two African gentlemen who stowed away on a Norwegian freighter in Cape Town in hopes of reaching Europe, only to learn the bitterly cold truth three days into the trip. The ship was bound for the Antarctic. "Not in their wildest dreams had they imagined ending up on the South Pole ice. They probably hadn't even seen ice and snow before," the ship's officer Jan Rise told reporters. The two men sneaked aboard the Norwegian ship "Polar Queen," when it stopped in South Africa en route to the Antarctic with a 46-member German- Italian expedition. The stowaways hid under the engine room deck, emerging filthy, hungry and desperately seasick after three days.

Rise said the 14-member Norwegian crew got them cleaned up, fed them, loaned them clothing and took them sightseeing on the ice pack. There was enough food and space for all aboard the ship, but the stowaways were stuck on the frozen continent until the "Polar Queen" sailed for Cape Town about two weeks later.

Sometimes we try to do what God wants us to do. Then we freeze. That's ok, because God uses our weakness to proclaim God's greatness.


Dear God, thanks for being great! Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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