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How long would it take to cross the Pacific Ocean in a rowboat? A long time ……… a very long time.

“The first person to row the width of the Pacific Ocean solo was Peter Bird of Britain. Bird set off from San Francisco, California and arrived at the Great Barrier Reef Australia 294 days later on 14 June 1983. Bird would later die attempting the west to east journey across the Pacific.

From 10 July 2007 to 17 May 2008 Erden Eruç rowed westward from Bodega Bay, California for a total of 312 consecutive days, setting the current world record for a non-stop unassisted ocean row. Eruç completed a solo human-powered circumnavigation from 2007 to 2012, crossing the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans becoming the first person to row all three. He also set the current world record for distance rowed on the oceans at 28,581 mi (45,997 km) and is currently the most experienced living ocean rower with a total of 876 days at sea.” Wikipedia – Ocean Rowing

There are 70 million cubic miles of water in the Pacific, which equates to 187,189,915,062,857,142,857 gallons, (187 quintillion gallons or 187,189,915,062 billion gallons), of water in the Pacific Ocean. (answers.com) Average wave heights are around 11 ft (3 meters) with possible swells up to 65 ft (20 meters). If caught in a typhoon, you could easily be facing winds upwards of 100 mph.

“Wind at 40 mph produces 7 pounds of pressure per square foot (psf) compared to a wave at 7 mph [which] produces 200 pounds of pressure psf. Although it is hard to imagine how strong water can be, remember a cubic yard of water (3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet) weighs over three-quarters ton. A modest 4-foot wave striking an 8-10 foot wall could destroy it.” The Claims Journal – The Forces Behind Wind And Wave

And you want to challenge this in a rowboat?

Psalm 93:3-4 (NIV)

The seas have lifted up, Lord,
    the seas have lifted up their voice;
    the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
    mightier than the breakers of the sea—
    the Lord on high is mighty.

If you stand at the edge of any ocean at high tide when the waves are crashing in and you hear the thunderous sound as they pound the beach, you realize just how powerful and ominous the sea is. The sea is so vast, it is beyond imagination.

Yet God is mightier than the sea ………..

If this God who has called you has such power and might, what do you have to fear from the world?

Fill up your mug with something rich and hot and join me in celebration. My fourth grandchild was born yesterday at 8:30 PM EST; my reason for not writing yesterday.

All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com