The ringleader of the Somali pirate crew has been caught and is awaiting trial. There was an article yesterday in the Seattle Times about his life. This boy, only 18, has been part of unspeakable crimes, known as a ruthless killer, and has a reputation of being the toughest of the tough. The most intriguing part of the article was a blip about his dad. “When his court-appointed lawyer said Muse’s father would be interviewed in Somali to verify his birth date, Muse put his head in his hand and broke down in tears.” Something triggered in this guys head once his father was brought into the conversation. I can relate to that. There is something in me that wells up any time I see a father-son interaction on a movie or in real life. It is a tender place for many of us.
Regardless what our experience with our earthly father has been, the truth is that we have a Heavenly Father who comes for us. “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me I will answer.” (Ps 90:14) Who doesn’t need rescuing? Who of us doesn’t need protecting? The reality is that we have all gone pirating. We have all fought hard and pillaged for things that are temporal. We have sought after immediate satisfaction and have given into the “thrill” of piracy in many forms. For so long we have tried to provide for ourselves what God has wanted to provide all along.
This young boy might have done everything wrong for as long as he could remember, but he finally ended up in a posture of brokenness. It took the memory of his father’s love to get him to that place. May the Cross, the memory of our Father’s love, be enough to get us to a place of repentance to receive God’s rescue and protection.
Prayer: Father, forgive me for my own version of piracy. Seeking after things that are not my own, trying to provide what you have wanted to freely give me all along. Teach me to trust in you name alone. Amen