One of the most famous shipwrecks of all time is that of the Titanic. Pride, haste, poor judgment and poor workmanship all came together in a disaster that shocked the world. What most people don’t know is that it also brought about a number of good things that are still impacting us today. Such things as adequate lifeboats and life vests for all passengers and crew members, and mandatory evacuation drills were established. However, there was another consequence which altered the course of world history, and no one could have possibly imagined what that would be.
Following the sinking of the Titanic, it was mandatory for passenger ships to possess wireless telegraph’s, and eventually these were replaced by different types of radios. It was required by maritime law for these to be manned at all times when a ship was underway. Cruse line employees working long, monotonous shifts next to very quiet two way radios became quite bored. To pass the hours they asked for and were granted permission to start playing musical instruments. Many began to write songs and even sing them to one another as a form of entertainment on board ship, and especially from ship to ship.
The idea soon took off and the radio quickly became the tool everyone used to spread news. Beyond that, it became the way to entertain and inform people from ship to ship and even around the world. This rapid flow of information, and explosion of much wanted entertainment, began to change the very fabric of society and travel on a global scale. Thus, even though it was a terrible tragedy, the sinking of the Titanic literally transformed the world as we know it. It allowed the radio to become the first truly global form of communication, and expanded the entertainment industry in ways no one could have possibly imagined. Think about that for just one moment. The golden age of radio, and radio broadcasting as we know it today, all happened because of a single, needless tragedy.
So, this is why I must now ask, what catastrophic events have you been through in your life? What are you now facing that seems like a needless, grief-filled loss? Perhaps it is the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a sudden illness, the end of a relationship or a massive disappointment that feels overwhelming. Whatever mountain you are now facing, I want you to remember the Titanic. Out of a tragic, unnecessary disaster came something that impacted and changed the entire planet in a positive way. The event was not limited to just one moment of painful grief. No…. the truth is, it was simply a catalyst that actually brought about great good on a massive scale!
Your situation is no different. What you may be suffering at this very moment is probably no easy thing. You may be in great pain as you consider what might have been, and now must face the truth of what actually is. The point is, you have to also keep in mind that your situation is only for this moment, and life always goes on. Reality certainly has to be embraced, and you must face the processes of healing that will be needed. However, you should never forget the lesson of the Titanic. From the place of catastrophic sorrow came something of great good that changed the world in ways that no one saw at first. Who knows what amazing changes will come about in your world, just because of what you are experiencing right now.
Scripture says; “weeping may last for the night but a shout of joy comes in the morning”. Your Titanic may have sunk, but your morning shout is just one dark night away. Nothing but God’s love lasts forever. So, embrace His passionate embrace for you, and know that this time of darkness will surely pass. The dawn of your new day is unstoppable and is going to come, but you must hold on and wait for it.
Begin now to look for the good that will rise from the ashes of your brokenness. Remember that no matter how dark the night, the morning sun always has to rise up and shine. The moment you see that first glimmer of light on the horizon, your dark night is about to come to an end. In that moment you can smile once again because now you know you are about to be a recipient of the “Titanic Blessing”!