“According to the Associated Press,” reports Craig Larson, “on December 14, 1996, a 763-foot grain freighter, the Bright Field, was heading down the Mississippi at New Orleans, Louisiana, when it lost control, veered toward the shore, and crashed into a riverside shopping mall."
On hundred sixteen people were injured, parts of the wharf were demolished, as well as significant damage incurred to neighboring shops, restaurants, and hotels.
After investigating the accident for a year, the Coast Guard reported that the freighter had lost control because the engine had shut down. The engine had shut down because of low oil pressure. The oil pressure was low because of a clogged oil filter. Ant the oil filter was clogged because the ships crew had failed to maintain the engine properly.
Larson concludes, “Sudden disasters frequently have a long history behind them”
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7).
“Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress” (1 Timothy 4:15, NLT).
“Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys” (Proverbs 18:9, ESV).
“The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor” (Proverbs 12:24, ESV).