An Ancient Message

Nearly 2 months ago on beautiful late January day in Western Australia, a couple of women were walking along the sand dunes on the beach. Suddenly, a bottle, half-buried in the sand, caught one of the women's attention. Picking it up, she decided it would make a great enhancement to her home's decor. When the women caught up with the rest of their party, Tonya handed the bottle to her son's girlfriend. This is when they discovered the tightly rolled piece of paper inside. It turns out that nearly one hundred thirty-two years before, the captain of the German ship Paula had placed a piece of paper into this bottle stating that he was studying ocean currents and requesting that if anyone should find this message, to let him know when and where the bottle was found. The National Meteorological Service of the Federal Republic of Germany found the logbooks for the ship and discovered an entry made by Captain O. Diekmann on June 12, 1886, stating that he had placed a message in a bottle. This was the same day written on the note in the bottle, with the same pen and the same handwriting. That would make this note in a bottle the oldest ever found, having gone 131 years and 223 days since it had been tossed into the ocean.

As exciting as this story is, there's a message given to each one of us that is much, much older. In fact, it's a love letter, addressed to us from a God who longs to be a part of our lives. In the book of Isaiah, God compares His Word to rain and snow that waters the earth and causes vegetation to grow. "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11). Unfortunately, Captain O. Diekmann's note never achieved the purpose for which it was sent. After remaining hidden for nearly 132 years, all it is now is simply a relic from the past. God's word is different though. It will always accomplish it's purpose. And even though it has been around for thousands of years, it's never too late to respond.