A classic in the annals of the U.S. Coast Guard is the story of Captain Pat Etheridge of the Cape Batterne station. One night in the howling hurricane, the look-out saw a distress signal from a ship that had gone aground on the dangerous Diamond Shoals, ten miles at sea. The lifeboats were ordered out. One of the life-guards protested, 'Captain Pat, we can get out there, but we can never get back.'
`Boys,' came the reply that has gone down in history, 'we don't have to come back.'
The Lord Jesus has given us our marching order. He has commanded that the Gospel be preached in all the world. He has not promised His messengers an easy time. He has not given the assurance of a safe return to the home base—but He did say—`GO!'
Who answers Christ's insistent call
Must give himself, his life, his all,
His purpose aye unshaken.
Who sets his hand unto the plough
And glances back with anxious brow,
His calling hath mistaken.—The Fields
(Matt. 28. 19; Mark 16. 15; Luke 9. 62).