There were three ships which were nearby when the Titanic sunk on April 15, 1912.
One of them was known as the Sampson.
It was 7 miles away from the Titanic and they saw the white flares signaling danger, but because the crew had been hunting seals illegally and didn’t want to be caught, they turned and went the opposite direction away from the Titanic.
The next ship was the Californian.
This ship was only 14 miles away from the Titanic, but they were surrounded by ice fields and the captain looked out and saw the white flares, but because the conditions weren’t favorable and it was dark, he decided to go back to bed and wait until morning. The crew tried to convince themselves that nothing was happening.
The last ship was the Carpathia.
This ship was actually headed in a southern direction 58 miles away from the Titanic when they heard the distress cries over the radio. The captain of this ship knelt down, prayed to God for direction and then turned the ship around and went full steam ahead through the ice fields. This was the ship that saved the 705 survivors of the Titanic. When the captain looked back at the ice fields they had come through, he said, "Someone else hands must have been at the helm of this ship!"
The first ship represents us and people like us if we are so busy looking inward at our own sin and lives that we can’t recognize when someone else... is in need.
The second ship represents us and people like us if we are so busy looking inward at our own sin and lives that we can’t recognize when someone else... is in need. This ship represents those of us who say I can’t do anything now. The conditions aren’t right for it and so we wait until conditions are perfect before going out.
The last ship! That's what we should all aim to be. To be there for each other and thrust everything into God's hands.