Dear Church,

During World War II, Semenov was serving as a junior engineer on the American merchant ship SS Alcoa Guide. On April 16, 1942, the ship was sailing from New Jersey to the Caribbean when a German submarine opened fire.

They didn’t have any guns, and there were no escorts. The SS Alcoa Guide caught fire and started to sink 300 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Waldemar Semenov, a retired merchant seaman, was serving as a junior engineer aboard the ship. Semenov and his crew lowered compass-equipped lifeboats into the water and used the compass to guide them toward the shipping lanes closer to shore. After three days, the men were rescued.

Semenov donated the compass to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. The ordinary and small compass (a mere four and half inches in diameter), doesn’t look impressive, but the device saved the lives of 27 men..

The psalmist reminded God’s people that His Word was a trustworthy “compass.” He likened it to a lamp. In that day, the flickering light cast by an olive oil lamp was only bright enough to show a traveler his next step. To the psalmist, God’s Word was such a lamp.

When we lose our bearings in life, we can trust our God who gives His trustworthy Word as our compass, using it to lead us into deeper fellowship with Him.

Let Him be your compass guide as you journey through life.

Yours faithfully

Joshua Lee

Pastor