The huge and unsinkable ship Titanic received five iceberg warnings on the fateful night of April 14, 1912, just before it went down. When the sixth message came in during the wee hours of next morning: “Look for icebergs,” the operator wired back, “Shut up! I’m busy.” These were his last words over the wire before it all happened. Exactly thirty minutes later, the great vessel – the one whose captain said even God couldn’t sink this ship – was sinking. Hundreds of passengers and crew were drowned.
What was the problem? They forgot the truth about icebergs. What they saw above the water could not have sunk the great ship. Unfortunately, most of an iceberg is below the water line. They underestimated the power of the iceberg, and overestimated their own strength.
Another academic year is coming to an end. In the last 11 months, as students you would have come across various challenges and anxious moments related to your campus life, financial struggles and academic challenges. In a way, many of you would have been eagerly looking forward to a happy ending of this academic year! Irrespective of what has happened to these challenges, we need to see what kind of changes have
happened in our lives because of these challenges. If the challenges have humbled us to look up to God for His strength and provision, praise God! We can confidently say the Lord has crossed each of us to face the big and small icebergs successfully. Our self-discipline, our core values, our sense of identity and emotional security – these four form our inner character. If the experiences – both in our personal lives and ministerial involvement – have not positively impacted our character, they will only keep us in the limelight outside, like the mighty ship . “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21)
We need to keep asking some questions: Has my ‘active’ involvement enabled me to walk closer with God over the past one year? Have I grown in my relationship with my friends? Am I able to accept my friends in the EU who hold different points of view? Has ego overtaken me? Am I finishing this academic year with a grateful heart? What are the ‘iceberg warnings’ that came to me and how did I face them?
Finding honest answers to these questions will help us in our way forward. Hundreds of EU students pass out every year and only a few stay back and continue as EGF graduates. Why? If they continue their walk with God elsewhere in the Church or other missions, praise God! UESI is called to produce and supply leaders for the church and missions. At the same time, if the life as EU student has brought in more challenges in our relationship with the Lord as well as with one another, we are heading towards icebergs! Let us take care! “For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit; nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. For each tree is known by its fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. (Luke 6: 43-45)
This summer, National UESI is organizing 6 Committee Members Training Camps (CMTC), 3 Missions Training Camps, 2 Creative Bible Teaching Workshops, 2 Christian Home Seminars and one Workshop on Preaching. Out of the 6 CMTCs, two are in Hindi. I would request that we pray for these programmes and take efforts to attend, to send and support suitable delegates for these camps. These camps play a very important role in teaching us the Kingdom values and being together and learning from one another.
Also, may I request to pray for our nation and our leaders everyday.