On June 1, 1676, the Swedish ship Kronan tried to make a tight turn in a naval battle. It capsized and exploded. Of her crew of 850 sailors and troops, only 42 survived. Most of those 42 survived by swimming away before the explosion and the quick sinking. However, a soldier named Anders Sparrfelt was on deck when the ship exploded, and yet he lived.
The explosion propelled him high into the air, over the masts of two attacking Danish ships, and into the sail of another Swedish ship, the Draken. Sparrfelt was entirely unhurt and was now safe on another Swedish vessel. While almost everyone else on the Kronan perished that day, Sparrfelt was fortunate beyond anything a man could hope.
Such events are hard to understand, but, no matter what happens to us, God is with us. In some of the precious moments of our lives, we are blessed beyond our worthiness. In other moments, we are torn apart. No matter what moment we face in life, God promises to be with us. Sometimes God is actually carrying us.
The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
- Psalm 46:7
Dear Lord, we thank you for always being with us in the good moments and in the bad ones. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.