The Journey of Faith

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

It was a central event in American history. A group of believers willing to risk everything for their faith were making made momentous decisions. For these men and women, serving God was more important than comfort or security, even if this meant enduring persecution and making sacrifices.

A key moment in this journey was captured by artist Robert W. Weir in a painting on display in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Called “The Embarkation of the Pilgrims,” this painting shows a small group of men and women on the deck of the ship Speedwell on July 22, 1620, before they departed from Holland, where they had been living. (Speedwell later had to be abandoned as the departing pilgrims all crowded onto another ship, the Mayflower.)

These believers already had made great sacrifices. But, knowing full well the dangers that lay ahead, these men and women were willing to risk everything to be able to worship God.

Central among these pilgrims in the painting is Elder William Brewster (who was to be their leader on the voyage), who is pictured kneeling in prayer before an open Bible. We see their pastor, John Robinson, looking heavenward. They are surrounded by whole families, including children, all calling on God for guidance, protection, and blessing.

In the background, we see the words “God with us,” appearing on the sail of the ship. They were to find that God was, indeed, with them, and blessed them on their journey to America.

This painting reminds us of an historical event, but it also reminds us of a decision all of us must make. How strongly do we believe? What are our priorities? Would we have taken the risks?

In your life, ask God to help you clarify your priorities. Dedicate your life to serving Him.