30 July 2018 – Andy’s Blog – “Earl of Zetland”

I’ve just had the news that yesterday’s debate never occurred. I’m still processing this as it is difficult to understand how that has happened but obviously things go wrong. Our side things have also gone wrong. The engineer came out yesterday and phoned to say they didn’t have the time available to undertake the repairs. In ringing around frantically it transpired we are in holiday season and I had quotes of waits of three weeks to two months. Obviously we cannot live with that and still see the trip conclude successfully, so Adele and I came up with a plan. If I sound like I am in awe of my wife then please understand that is underestimating my true feelings! Adele landed after a delayed flight and got home into bed at nearly 03:00 this morning. At 06:00 she got up and drove 200 miles with a spare diesel injector pump and got it to the specialist to refurbish. By 14:00 today it was fully as good as new and is due to arrive at 10:30 tomorrow morning. At the same time I have been ringing around whilst working on the engine. About the same time tomorrow all the spares we require should arrive which means, God willing, we will have the engine repaired by late afternoon.

The book of James says the following:

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

The elderly vessel the ‘Earl of Zetland’ is at one end of the dock. Nearby is a bar called the ‘Lock’ which appears to close every time I have gone in for a beer. Last night it closed at 21:00. The Zetland however was open. It has been reborn as a bar and I assume in the near future as a restaurant. It isn’t just a ship sat there waiting to go someplace, it has a purpose. It has that purpose despite its age and its seafaring ability, its symbolism is sufficient and that makes it relevant to the society it serves.

Adele and I have an objective. We want to see our Navigators of Faith vessel back at sea and back on schedule. Thus we are prepared to go to any length humanely and legally feasible to try and make that happen! It is very much the path least chosen and also very much one that is being soaked in prayer, and not just by ourselves. I strongly feel James had it right and when our church does that, takes prayerful action in a relevant way, then we see filled churches and a real sense of community.