Rescue at the Sea
Several years ago in a small fisherman village of the
Netherlands, a young man has taught the world about a
reward that a person can get from putting aside one's
All of the people in the young man's village earned a
living in fishing industry; therefore, volunteers for
rescues were so much needed in emergency situations.
One night, the wind blew strongly, the clouds moved so
quickly and a great storm almost drowned a fisherman's
boat. In panic and fear, the ship's crew sent signals
of danger, S.O.S.
The captain of the rescue team sounded the alarm and
the villagers gathered looking at the harbour. When
the rescue team ran their boat and tried to pass
through the wild wave, the villagers waited at the
shore while feeling worried, with lanterns on their
hands to give light to the way back.
An hour later, the rescue boat returned and the
villagers cheered happily to welcome them.
As they exhaustedly fell on the sand, the volunteers
reported that the rescue boat was not capable of
taking more passengers with them and they have left
one person back there. If they had taken the person,
the rescue boat must have drowned. Even though it was
only one person, he could endanger the lives of all of
The captain asked one more group of volunteers to save
the person who was left behind.
Hans, a young man of 16 years of age stepped forward.
However, his mother held his arm and begged, "Don't
go. Your father died in a shipwreck 10 years ago and
your older brother Paul has been missing in the sea
for 3 weeks. Hans, you're the only one I've got."
Hans replied, "Mother, I have to go. What would happen
if all people say, I can't go, let others do it?
Mother, this time I've to do my duty. When there's a
calling for serving, we all have to join and play our
Hans kissed his mother, joined the rescue team,
and soon disappeared in the darkness of the night.
A few hours has passed, but for Han's mother it felt
like forever. Finally, the rescue team's boat returned
with Hans standing at the edge of it.
Clasping his two palms, the captain shouted, "Have you find the person?"
Not being able to restrain himself, Hans
shouted excitedly, "Yes, we've found him. Tell my
mother he's my brother Paul!"