If ever there is a modern day hero itâ€™s Captain Richard Phillips. He became the center of an extraordinary international incident that began on April 8, 2009, when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama.
When pirates attacked the United States-flagged cargo ship, which was carrying food and other agricultural materials for the World Food Program and other clients, Captain Phillips offered himself as a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Telling the 20 sailors to lock themselves in their cabins, he was taken at gunpoint into a lifeboat. The pirates demanded $2 million in ransom.
So began a tense five-day standoff in which the pirates repeatedly threatened to kill the captain. The boat, cruising about 30 miles off the Somali coast, was closely watched by United States warships and helicopters. At one point, Captain Phillips escaped into the water, but was recaptured.
Talks to free the captain began the day after the capture, with the commander of the Navy destroyer, the Bainbridge, communicating with the pirates under instructions from hostage negotiators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Talks broke down quickly and Navy Seal snipers parachuted onto the deck of the destroyer and Captain Phillips was rescued unharmed.
How about you? What setbacks are you facing in your life? A key to victorious living is learning how to turn what looks like a setback into a comeback. I believe faith in God is a tremendous help in doing so. Ask God to help you transform your setback into a comeback. And when you do, youâ€™ll become a hero and inspiration to many around you.