There were 102 on board the small sailing vessel. Half of them, tired of the corruption in the Church of England, bound for a new life where they could worship as they pleased; half eager to invest time and money into a fledgling country. Each had no idea what was in store for them, but they pursued their dreams with determination, courage and hope. On September 15, 1620, the Mayflower set sail for Virginia, but was blown off course and wound up in what is today Massachusetts.
Our country has changed tremendously over the past 400 years, but many of the core values still exist. Sometimes it may seem that we have come full circle and should start looking for a new place to settle – a place without corruption – a community where we can begin again – a new Eden where God is still alive and active in the lives of His people.
We tend to think, in light of current events, that there aren’t many believers left. On the outside, our world is a nasty place, but there are still those who love God. This rekindles the same kind of hope, determination and courage these early pilgrims had to push them forward.
I believe that God is very much alive and available to us wherever we travel in life. When the world is crumbling around us, we can depend on Him to carry us over the rough seas of life. All we have to do is believe in Him. It’s so simple and yet so very difficult for some.
Lord, help us realize that you are the Captain of our journey through life. You’re at the wheel and in control – guiding us, protecting us, refining us and leading us to our final destination. Give us the assurance that our pilgrimage here on earth is temporary and that we can look forward to an eternity in your paradise. Amen!