A fishing captain who had been lost at the sea for hours encountered the Holy Spirit just when he was about to commit suicide.
In an interview with Prayerlink, Captain Johnny Savage from Virginia recounts the moment God saved his life while he was lost at sea over two decades ago. He was a 27-year-old first mate when that life-changing moment happened.
Nearly 24 years ago, Johnny and Captain Eric Bingham decided to go on a 350-mile trip from Key West, Florida to Cancun, Mexico. They were sailing on their 56-foot fishing boat called Anhinga. Hours after their voyage, they encountered a storm in the middle of the Gulf Stream, a massive wave tore their boat in two.
“We looked in front of us; it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before in my life,” Johnny recalled. “It was like a hole. We were in a two-to-three-foot sea when the Anhinga went off this edge and went down into this, this rogue wave, the whole boat fell into it.”
Lost at Sea
All their life-saving equipment drowned in the sea together with their boat and no one knew that they were there. The two fishermen had to cling to a broken surfboard to save their lives. After being lost for 12 hours, Johnny decided to end his life.
“I got to the point where I had made a decision that drowning would be better than getting ripped apart by sharks. So, I had planned my death,” he explained.
However, right before he did it, he encountered the Holy Spirit right then and there.
“And so, I had taken my life jacket off,” Savage explained. “And I was in the process of going under, and suddenly, the greatest feeling of warmth and just strength. Power just overcame my whole body.”
“At that moment, I knew He was real, and He was with me because it was impossible for me to have the strength to get back to Eric,” he added. “The overwhelming feeling of warmth was not me, and I knew He is real.”
God saved Johnny from committing suicide. Moments after that supernatural encounter, a 72-foot fishing boat saw them and rescued them. Captain Johnny details their experience in his new book, “Lost in the Stream: The Miraculous Story of Two Fishermen Lost At Sea.”
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Reference: Christian Headlines