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The steamship, Central America, on a voyage from New York to San Francisco, sprung a serious leak in mid-ocean. Another vessel, seeing her distress, bore down toward her. Perceiving the danger to be imminent, the captain of the rescue ship spoke to the Central America, asking, "What is amiss?"
"We are in bad repair, and going down; lie by till morning," was the answer.
"Let me have your passengers on board now."
It was a dark night, and the commander of the Central America did not like to send his passengers away, lest some might be lost. Thinking that they could keep afloat awhile longer, he replied: "Lie by till morning."
Once more the captain of the rescue ship called: "You had better let me take them now."
"Lie by till morning," was the only answer he received.
About an hour and a half later her lights disappeared and the Central America had gone down with all on board. Passengers, crew and captain—all were lost because it was thought they could be saved better at another time.
God says. "Now is the accepted time... now is the day of salvation." Not tomorrow, not a more convenient time, but NOW.
"Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth!" Prov. 27:11Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. (Proverbs 27:1).
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