He was in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He served in both the
Atlantic and the Pacific theaters of operations.
He is now 91 years old, and my family and I still enjoy visiting him in his
home and talking about old times. Sometimes I take some of my WW II
history books or nautical books to his house and have him autograph them.
Many times I have studied my large pilot’s book and asked him questions
especially from the glossary.
Of course, many seaman’s terms start with the letter “a”: abeam, abaft,
aft, etc. As an evangelist, I have discovered that I can make use of the
term “avast.” The example in the pilot’s book is “Avast heaving!” To a
sailor, avast means to stop. What a great object lesson this makes to hold
up a sign that simply says AVAST and then share two or three Bible verses
where the Lord encourages or commands us to STOP doing something.
God wants us to stop worrying, stop thinking wrong thoughts, stop lying,
stop hating things and people that we should love, stop looking at evil
things, and stop listening to wicked or ungodly speech. There is literally
“A VAST” amount of things that the Lord wants us to stop doing. We should
AVAST them all for His glory.
This picture above was taken in my friend’s living room where we often
discuss the Navy, WW II, and biblical truths. The cover is from WW II.
The blouse is from a friend at Tabernacle. The outfit is just for
Christian drama in churches, schools, and camps.