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Patterns of The Past
Thursday, May 28 2020

History books are filled with events and accounts of great interest and value that at the time were front page stories of a host of topics. Anything from natural disasters like earthquakes to human disasters, from World Wars, to inventions, all have filled the pages of time. With the aid of the internet; the history of such events are all but a few clicks away on a keyboard; and often with graphic pictures and details as well. Not everyone is a history buff like me; as I spend many hours researching things most people could care less about. With that thought and from experience (whatever that’s worth); I believe we may categorize people who process (ponder, care, consider, etc) historical or world changing events into three base categories or levels of importance to the average person. The 1st category would be an event that though big at the time, most people reflect on it for the short term at best. Many years down the road the event isn’t even mentioned much anymore, let alone details of it. The 2nd category I believe would be the level where it seems an event or catastrophe is permanently etched into one’s mind, and with it are details of exactly what they personally were doing at the time of the incident would be shared by many. Who wouldn’t remember (older folks) the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, or the day we landed on the moon in 1969? Or maybe the day the Challenger Space Shuttle blew up? Of course Sept 11, 2001, the Twin Towers were brought down. All these events are indelibly etched into the hard drives of our mind. However; I seem to think there is another category or 3rd level that I believe that could be considered here. It is what I would call a level, where-in a certain group of folks have an eye for hidden facts/truths, details or nuggets of great value. We not only look at the event as an historical happening, but we dig deeper, we sense the event may be bigger than the event itself. You might even see an event as a fore-shadow of a future something/event about to come. Have you ever had an occasion where you said to yourself; man I have seen this pattern or scenario before somewhere? If you were one of the people at the Zoo in Los Angeles, California some years ago, you would have noted as many did later that the animals were acting quite strange one particular day. As history would record, a massive earthquake was about to hit the area, the animals were picking up on it before the people of the area did. That’s what I‘m talking about here, an evaluation of evidence or events past that may hold a key for a future event.

            There was an event that happened over a hundred years ago that has been on my mind for over a year now. Last year I was going to write a Commentary about it, but just didn’t feel at the time it was the right fit for that time period. It was the account about the huge luxury liner the Titanic. This would be one of those events just about anyone would remember. There would be a host of movies made of this disaster; “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” of old and “The Titanic” of more recent years, all of which refresh ones memory of the event, perhaps circumventing the passing of time. I have watched all the movies, read much about the event and have often pondered, just how in the world could such a disaster have happened? Maybe you like me are part of my 3rd group that also has a critical eye for detail. Perhaps if you were a ship building Engineer you would be especially interested in designing a vessel that was more robust, perhaps a double hull of sorts. Better electronics to see the waters ahead and make onboard calculations to divert before contacting hidden structures. From what I have read and seen in Documentaries on TV, this vessel may not have been as impervious to disaster as they once believed. I used to think maybe hitting the iceberg head-on would have been a better alternative to having the side opened up. Upon further review that idea would not bode well either, the last thing you would want is to have the engine ripped from its mounts and being driven through the forward hull like a giant torpedo. Books have been written, new techniques are being adhered to, and always more could be said.

            I mentioned earlier about some people seeing through a different lens. I and others have taken note that the Titanic disaster has some interesting patterns that have been revealed, not necessarily steel and icebergs here. And if that is so, could these patterns be used as “models” in other scenarios, such as people’s lives, maybe the course of whole nations and countries? You can make your own judgment call on that. Remember; patterns transcend people, places, objects, time. Consider; the weather in the Mid-West is prone to tornadoes. We have seen these patterns many times; to use this knowledge is what we call forecasting. People that heed the warning of such weather patterns may live another day, those that don’t suffer the consequences.

As mentioned the Titanic exhibited many patterns that if not heeded could/may bring certain destruction. Could it be that the Titanic tragedy may mirror events that are taking place right now in our beloved Country, perhaps the world? Is it possible that physical facts and events may have moral implications? I say there can be no other way. The first of the many glaring examples was a term that was used by the shipping company; “This ship is so invincible, God couldn’t even sink it”; this speaks of a spirit of pride and arrogance. It is where many people are in their lives even now. Defiance in the face of God! Our Country was founded on God, based upon God and His Law, (big G). However over a period of years many have rose up in defiance to God, even to the removing of God. It is basically a placing of one’s trust; more in “things” you can’t trust, than in God who you can. Rhetorically saying; we can make it without you, or in spite of you, in my mind, bad move. If this Country were a ship, I would say; reverse course now, imminent danger ahead.

The next note of interest is the blindness to known danger. Incredible, the Captain and others in command had received warning prior of the danger ahead. This may be deemed a reckless and wanton abuse of power at work. Would there be a vote; should we break the Atlantic crossing at record speed while placing you in peril? The Lord would use the Church to speak His Word to our leaders/captains. Are they receptive, are they appreciative for the warnings being given to them to help all of us get through the ice berg infested water? I wish I could say they were, the Churches of the world are being marginalized across the world, even persecuted. Not only are Countries headed to disaster but the whole world as well. Is anyone listening?

In another take from the survivor record of events was, the band played on. I can’t imagine me playing on if I were in the band. What was the motivation behind this? Was it a distraction to get your mind off dying, a loss of mental faculties on the bands part, I can’t really say for sure. But I can say this, music seems to be everywhere in our day and time. So many people think they have to always be hearing something; I’m not talking about a good sermon here. Music, It can be a serious distraction to many folks, message music, pumping the head full of stuff, a; don’t think for yourself mentality, just play on. No concentration to or on real issues, little deep thought, just stay on top of all the hits. The things in life that really matter, don’t think about it, drown out the reality.

In yet another point a great lesson is gleaned. There were a lot of wealthy people on board, some of the wealthiest on the planet of that day. There were also many that were poor, hence the class system. There was 1st class and the rest class. They were to be separated, that is usually the case. Wealth is not evil; the Bible says; the “love” of money is root of all evil, not the money itself. If we make money our goal, it becomes our god. Here’s the point, even though there was class separation, tragedy and judgment knows no such boundaries in the end.

I think by now just about any person reading this could see some validity to the reasoning of patterns and to the ones listed so far. But there is one more interesting point to bring out of the many before we conclude our review. In Church there is usually a phrase that is used very often in referring to humanities spiritual condition. The phrase is “Saved or Lost”, referring to a departed soul. If they were right with God; saved, if not, lost/perished. I saw a sign in one of the movies of Titanic that had just those words on it concerning the people that were aboard that fateful ship. It even posted the names of the saved and those that were lost. That phrase sums up life, saved or perished, did you accept Jesus’ offer of salvation when you had the chance or did you put that off until it was too late? The theme song for the latest Titanic Movie was; “Our heart will go on”, true, but where? The Lord said in the last days it would be as in the days of Noah. The Lord’s statement reveals another pattern of the past; it’s going on right now; wickedness abounds. Is this Country on a collision course, ye the world, I think yes; will we heed the warnings before it’s too late? Blessings

Pastor Thomas Nosworthy

Light the Way Ministries.                                          

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