Launched December 2009… Weighs 225,000 gross tons… The weight of 782, 18 wheeler trucks…. Made of 500,000 individual parts… Has 86,122 sq ft. of windows… 62,000 lbs. of concrete… 3,300 miles of electrical cable, …158,000 gallons of paint… An oven that can pump out 4,000 rolls an hour…150 miles of piping… 24 guest elevators… 5,070,000 lbs. of water in the pools…seven distinct neighborhoods….
Those are just some of the stats running across the marquee outside a sports bar on the main floor of the Oasis of the Seas.
Last week David and I and 3,000 of David’s co-workers boarded the Oasis of the Seas (the largest cruise ship the ocean) for Aflac’s National Convention.
The cruise was definitely not about our Bahamian destination. Oh no, it was all about the ship, this man-made magnificence. And once we boarded I understood why.
The Oasis is GINORMOUS! The other cruise ships looked like canoes in comparison. Along with its enormous size came a fab-u-los sixteen floors of entertainment fun. Everything from, water shows, flow boarding, ice-skating, rock climbing, and a park with real birds and 27,000 live plants.
Impressive by any human standard.
But what is most amazing is what the captain said in his welcome announcement.
“The ship is so large you won’t be able to feel it move.” (Reminds me of another captain who said his ship wouldn’t sink.)
Wouldn’t feel it move? Now that’s my kind of impressive.
But two days into the cruise, nature came and joined us.
The winds blew, (a whopping 45 knots) and the waves whipped.
And you know what?
The boat rocked!
So much for what the captain said.
The next day when we were walking by the big marquee with the stats, I started thinking about how I can be as boastful as the makers of this ship.
I imagine. I design. I create and compose. I build. I devise and concoct.
In my head, I conjure up major plans for myself, my friends, and my family, all in the ways I think things should be. And I usually believe I have a good strategy. However, before I can get too cocky, God has His ways of reminding me He’s large and in charge. He sets the earth on its axis and my ocean in motion.
Proverbs 19:21 say, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it’s the Lords’s purpose that prevails.”
Yep, the ship is impressive but God’s waves (and ways) are more so.
So, make your projections, shape your ships, just be ready to roll with God’s plans when the wind changes. Because no matter how big you build it, He can still rock your boat!