Torpedoed and lost at sea - Kathy prayed and was rescued!
Home at Last?
Kathy was on her way home from India. She had boarded the last liner to
leave now they were at war. They were hoping to sail home safely and
avoid the U-boats which lay in wait for ships. She enjoyed dinner in
the dining room and as she was tired and nervous, she went back to her cabin.
She climbed into her bunk and fell asleep dreaming of peaceful days
lazing beneath a tree next to a beautiful river.
Late that night there was a sudden explosion and the ship began to sink.
Someone shouted, "We have been torpedoed!" Kathy woke up with a fright.
The lights were out and the ship was stopped. She realised that
something was wrong when she climbed out of bed and found the floor was
lying at a steep angle!
Lost at Sea!
Grabbing her Bible, Kathy wrapped it hurriedly in oil skin and then rushed to
the main deck and found it nearly level with the sea. She was able to
step off the sloping deck into the surging sea and minutes later the ship
sank with a roar of escaping steam. She floundered in the water until
she was able to grab onto a plank of wood and call for help. A faint
cry answered her and a little while later a life raft bumped into her.
The ship's mate hauled her aboard and covered the shivering girl with a blanket.
It appeared that only six had survived, five of whom had been badly
injured by the explosion. Kathy was the only one not injured.
Even the mate had been struck by a falling spar as the ship went down.
On the second day the mate collapsed. She cared for him many days after
the other four died from burns from the flames that had swept over sea from
the oil gushing out from ruptured tanks before the ship sank. After
several more days, the mate died peacefully as the edge of the sun
touched the horizon. Now she was alone ... and frightened!
Kathy bowed her head and prayed. She suddenly remembered that she had
managed to scoop up her Bible as she left her cabin. She unwrapped
the oil skin and found that it was dry and undamaged. She paged
through it and stopped at Romans 8:35 which said:
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?"
"I'm in peril," she called out, "Please save me, God!" For days it seemed
that only the waves had heard her. She starved except when flying fish
landed a few times on the raft. She had to eat them raw!
Sometimes it rained and she was able to collect water by squeezing it from
"I cannot believe it!" she exclaimed when many days later she saw a trawler
bearing down on her. They let down a net and sailors scrambled down to
lift her into the boat. "I'm safe. Oh, thank You Jesus!" she cried,
"You answered my prayer and saved me from being shipwrecked and from the
God Answers Prayer:
Yes, God saved Kathy and she was also kept safe throughout the long war.
God cares for each one of us with an everlasting love. Jesus said that
we should call on God and He will answer our prayers.
If you have a need, pray and then trust God to answer your prayer. Jesus
said that if we ask anything in His Name, He will do it. So we can be
sure that God will hear our prayers and will answer in His way and in His
Right on time, every time!