ITALIAN Cruise ship, Costa Concordia sank on the first night of its Mediterranean cruise on 13 January this year. The ship capsized after hitting rocks off western Italy, just metres from the Tuscan island of Giglio. Tragically, several people died in the disaster.
"There was panic, like in a film" said Fulvio Rocci, one survivor, "dishes crashing to the floor, people running, people falling down the stairs."
Unsurprisingly, several passengers have compared the accident to the film Titanic, about the sinking of the giant ocean liner in April 1912 which claimed more than 1,500 lives. "I can easily understand the comparisons to the film, how it must have been on the Titanic, or in a film" said passenger, Francesca Sinatra.
Some noted the chilling coincidence that Costa Concordia sank on "unlucky Friday 13th", but few are superstitious enough to take that seriously as an explanation for the tragedy.
Nor were the ship's passengers any "worse" than anyone else. Faced with a disaster in His own day - a tower fell and killed 18 people - Jesus made the same point, asking "Were they the worst sinners in town?" before an emphatic "No!" He added a crucial truth: "Unless you change the direction of your lives, you will perish, too" (see Luke 13:4-5, The Bible).
People rarely think disaster may be about to strike. The Titanic was infamously fêted as "unsinkable". Ships that look unsinkable may be heading for disaster. Likewise, unless we're moving towards God, trusting in Jesus who God sent to rescue us, we're sailing towards shipwreck.
Trust in Jesus. Get in the lifeboat. Pray (talk to Him) like this: God, help me turn my life back towards You. Jesus, thank You for coming to save us. I put my trust in You. Come into my life by Your Spirit and help me live for You.