A Three Hour Tour

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship…”

Yes, you guessed it…the theme song from Gilligan’s Island!

Oh, the memories!  My sister and I would plop down on the couch and watch Gilligan’s Island every afternoon when we got home from school.  Of course, snacks were always part of the ritual, which certainly makes those memories even sweeter!  Just in case it’s been awhile since you last enjoyed this catchy tune, click here for a version posted on YouTube.

No matter how smart the Professor was (or what amazing contraption he was able to make out of coconuts and bamboo), or how rich the Howells were, or how beautiful and famous Ginger was, or how strong the Skipper was, or how hard-working Mary Ann was, or how goofy Gilligan was, they were never quite able to get off the island.

Did you know that you can actually sing “Amazing Grace” to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island theme song?  One of my ex-coworkers pointed this out to me several years ago.  Go ahead..Stop reading for a few seconds and give it a try.  Here’s a few lyrics to get you started:

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.”

Did you do it?  Pretty weird, eh?  What’s even more weird is how there is a spiritual parallel between “Amazing Grace” and Gilligan’s Island.  I know it’s a stretch, but hang in there with me.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

We cannot be rescued fromSkipper and Gilligan our own depraved spiritual condition by our intelligence, our wealth, our fame and beauty, our strength, our hard work, or even our goofiness.  No matter how hard we try, we’re going to remain stranded on our spiritual desert island and be forever separated from God.  Only God has the ability to rescue us…We can’t rescue ourselves.

Are you tired of being stranded on a spiritual desert island?  Are you ready to be rescued?  Reach out to the One who is able to save you!  For “ Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)  To find out more about God’s plan to rescue us, go to NeedHim.org.

Thank you for reading Faith4TheJourney!

—– Paul —–

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