Saturday, October 14, 2006

man overboard

I’ve just returned from an amazing vacation. I spent the last week on a magnificent cruise of the Mexican Riviera with my wife and parents. For those of you who haven’t taken a cruise let me tell you, they’re amazing. Its one of the most fun and relaxing vacations you can take. There is always something to eat, drink, and do. Perhaps my favorite part was being able to just sit on the balcony and stare out over the gently passing ocean and just let my mind wander…

This past week was probably one of the most enjoyable of my life however not everyone on this cruise saw it the same.

Its 7pm Wednesday night. We had left our final port of call, Cabo San Lucas, three hours earlier and where making our way back to our home port of Los Angeles. The captain’s voice came over the PA system “Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain; some of you may have noticed that we are turning the ship around. We left a guest back in Cabo San Lucas and are going back to get them.” At first we didn’t think anything of this but as we were returning to our room that evening we noticed that a stateroom about 10 doors down from ours was blocked off with police caution tape. Something was not right. A few hours later we received another announcement. “We have now entered a search pattern with the Mexican Navy. We will be searching the waters for the next three hours in an attempt to find the missing passenger.” Our fears had been confirmed, someone had fallen off the ship.

They were still searching the waters when we went to bed that evening. When we woke the next morning we found ourselves back on course for Los Angeles. Later that day we learned a little more about this story. The evidence suggested that shortly after leaving Cabo the young woman had climbed onto her balcony and jumped into the ocean waters below. She had taken her own life.

One man’s paradise is another man’s hell. Everything about this cruise that made me feel blessed made this woman feel empty. So empty that she couldn’t take it anymore and jumped ship. She probably treaded water for a few hours in the deep pacific. I can’t even begin to imagine what was going through her mind that last hour before she finally lost the strength to stay afloat.

The rich and the poor alike need Jesus. Not even the greatest of worldly luxuries can replace this void left in the human heart.

1 comment:

John Lynch said...

Hey Brad, I'm glad you had a good trip & sorry to hear about the tragedy toward the end. I imagine we'd each respond differently in that sitution... but I'm interested in hearing how this specifically hit your heart when you learned of that woman's suicide. How did it hit your wife's heart?

Also... could you email me your phone number? I'd like to give you a call & get some face-to-face (or at least ear-to-ear) time together! Life & peace, bro.