There are few movies rich in learnings for life you can watch over and over again with family and not be bored and this for me was one of them. The indomitable spirit of the boatman is an epitome of a rugged perseverance that all especially pilgrims can seek to imbibe.
Eventually after defeating the angry waves, surviving the storms, waving fruitlessly at passing ships that simply pass by … the ration of canned meals are exhausted … hunger, weariness, wounds and the waiting sharks spell a soon sure sad end…
The mariner writes a final note which he puts in a jar and throws in the sea …soon expecting death. But later that very night, he sees a flickering light in the distance, possibly another ship. He is out of signaling torches and desperately tears pages from his journal and charts to create a fire. Eventually the fire consumes his raft and he falls into the water, struggling to swim. Now he has no raft, no boat, no rations only him trying to stay afloat in the vast ocean. He finally stops swimming and lets himself sink to the bottom of the ocean …shutting his eyes to die. As he sinks, he opens his eyes as if for one last time but now he sees the hull of a boat with a search light slowly approaching the burning raft.
He swims up towards the light and comes up to the surface to grasp an already outstretched hand. Help was on the way and he did not know it and would have missed it by seconds.
The final scene reminds me of Christ and Peter in Mat 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. Mat 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Mat 14:32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
Do not give up …rather, give your hand to the outstretched hand of Christ… soon also all the contrary winds will cease. The movie directed by J.C. Chandor ends with a peculiar sound track and the chanting of AMEN which earned Alex Ebert a golden globe award for best score.
Let “Hope” and divine Love be your deep settled calm.
Never, never give up!
“In the storm of misunderstandings and criticism, in the stress of ingratitude and betrayal; constantly tried as by fire; at times, all but overwhelmed by the waters of malice, envy, and hate; beset by poverty, homelessness, and loneliness, this women pressed on. Healing cases her students failed to heal, pondering and communing with her heavenly Father, she meekly broke the bread of Truth with her fellow men. In the face of opposition greater than the world had known since the advent of Christianity, she would not be swayed from her God-appointed task. In the secret recesses of her heart Mary Baker Eddy guarded the truth God had revealed to her.”
(Twelve years with Mary Baker Eddy – Rev. Irving Tomlinson, page 42)
Let one who is in need of realizing Love’s power to eliminate a burden—whether it is that of grief, regret over past deeds or misdeeds, illness, despair, or remorse of any kind—ponder these words of Mrs. Eddy’s in her Message to The Mother Church for 1902 (p. 19): “To the burdened and weary, Jesus saith: ‘Come unto me.’ O glorious hope! there remaineth a rest for the righteous, a rest in Christ, a peace in Love. The thought of it stills complaint; the heaving surf of life’s troubled sea foams itself away, and underneath is a deep-settled calm.”
*Photo Below (Long year Museum)- Mrs. Eddy’s trunk and rocking chair which were both left on the front porch one evening after she returned home . She was kicked out of her so-called home with a thunderstorm approaching. And they didn’t even leave the light on for her. But she went on to become one of the greatest benefactors of all time.