While we wait for the carefully designed ‘wreckage’ to be installed at Rossall (See Alter Altar) we have an intriguing view of the Costa Concordia being salvaged, or uninstalled, off the coast of Italy.
It is old fashioned technology – metal boxes welded on, sea water, pulleys and chains. You can see what it’s up to, it’s not hidden in black electronic boxes. There’s even a touch of Heath Robinson to it. I hope, somewhere, somebody needed a small piece of chewing gum to make some essential part of it work.
And it may work – or it may not.
The cost of the salvage is already more than the cost of building the boat in the first place. There’s also the loss of life, and the effect on the lives of those who made the decisions that caused the disaster.
I guess the insurance is paying for the actual salvage, enabling the coastline to return to normal, to be redeemed.
I’m trying to compare this with Jesus’ work on the cross, but it doesn’t quite fit. Jesus is not just a Salvager, he makes things new. I guess he is a Restorer, able to re-pattern the broken with love, to make something even more remarkable.
I’m glad permission was given to undertake the great salvage adventure.
I’m glad the kingdom of God moves along with permission too, and we can see God’s glory arising.