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Pilgrims & Providence

In 1620, after having lived as religious refugees in Holland for a dozen years, Governor William Bradford and 103 Pilgrims boarded a ship bound for America. While their intended destination was Virginia, the providential purpose of God had another plan. After encountering a terrible storm, they were blown off course and actually landed in what is now Cape Cod on November 11, 1620.

Why this unexpected course correction from the One who controls both the wind and the waves? (Psalm 107:25) Here we see superintending providence of God over both men and nations. Had the Pilgrims made their surprise arrival a few years earlier, they would have been greeted by the Patuxet Indians, one of the fiercest and most violent tribes on the American coast. The Pilgrim’s experiment with liberty would have been short-lived indeed. For some strange and unexplainable reason, this blood thirsty tribe was completely destroyed by a plague in 1617, just three years before the Pilgrims landed!

Upon arrival, Governor Bradford and those aboard the Mayflower knelt in prayer and dedicated themselves to the “glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”
The amazing and unseen providence of God protected them on their journey and prepared for their safe landing. While they thanked the Lord for his mercies, they’ll have to wait until eternity before they fully understand God’s unseen goodness and providential care.

We’ll spend eternity doing the same! Thank you Lord for your goodness to us!

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