Great Point Light, Mass.
William Smith was anxious to show off his splendid schooner to his new bride Olivia.
But Olivia wasn’t sure she was ready for the sailing trip. She’d always feared the water after hearing tales of shipwrecks and drownings as a child. Even when she fell in love with and married the dashing sea captain, she never intended to accompany him on a one of his voyages.
“Olivia, darling, there’s nothing to be afraid of. I’ve made this day trip scores of times, and my crew is quite experienced. I promise we’ll be back home safely in Cape Cod by dusk.”
Olivia’s hand trembled as she accepted his. “All right. Just this once. But you must keep your promise.”
Looking at his lovely new bride, William wanted to prove he could be trusted to take care of her. “I promise.”
As the shoreline diminished behind them, the clouds grew darker and the wind began to pick up. Soon the waves were pitching the boat up and down, splashing the passengers with icy cold water. Olivia screamed as the boat was tossed about like a toy. The crew frantically tried to steady the boat and turn it back to shore, but the wind was too strong and carried them farther out.
William clutched his wife and helped her to his small cabin. “Stay in here where you’ll be safe.”
Tears poured down Olivia‘s face as she watched her husband go back to the deck, terror gripping her heart as she feared the worst. Never had she felt so helpless as she tried to steady herself inside the cabin. In the midst of the storm-tossed sea and howling wind, all she could do was pray.
Dear Lord, please calm the sea and protect us. Please bring us safely to shore.
Shouts came from the men outside. “There’s a light! We’re heading toward the lighthouse!”
The lighthouse! They must not be far from shore. But just when she felt a glimmer of hope, the boat shuddered to a crashing stop as it slammed into the rocky shoals, cracking and splintering as it broke apart.
William ran inside, grabbed Olivia and carried her to the slanting deck, then leaped into the chilly waters with her in his arms. He swam toward the lighthouse holding her tightly; his crew jumping in behind.
As they climbed onto the rocks, they were met by lighthouse keeper George Swain and his wife who ushered them inside their home. The grateful shipwreck victims warmed themselves by the fire, resting from the turmoil of the storm. Olivia closed her eyes as she absorbed the peace and quiet. Her prayer had been answered.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
During Advent, we look forward to the coming of the Messiah and remember He is the “Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6