Scuttled…But Very Useful

Scuttled…But Very Useful

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Has life stalled for you because of a health issue or a financial problem?  Life’s distractions can make us feel unproductive for the Lord.  But the other day, I watched a WWII program about the invasion of France on D-Day and was fascinated by the ingenious plan of the Allies to turn damaged ships into useful tools.

The usefulness of useless ships

Since the beaches along the Normandy coast had no harbor, the troops “scuttled” the wide range of ships and boats that were rendered useless.  They purposely sank the ships that had failed engines, holes in their sides or were otherwise damaged.  These sunken boats in the shallow water of the beaches created a wave-breaking barrier that would protect the good ships and serve as a pier to drive the trucks onto the beach.  The “useless” vessels became such important tools that many good ships even towed these boats behind them as they headed to the invasion point on D-Day.

The useless boats actually helped the Allied forces become stronger!  They were just as important as the healthy, functioning boats.  In fact, they were crucial to helping the Allied troops win the battle at Normandy.

God uses scuttled vessels

God can use broken, sunken vessels to help accomplish His mission in the world.   In fact, the seemingly useless time we spend working through our problems or helping others with their issues can actually strengthen us and make us more like Christ.  This makes us even more useful to God and valuable in His mission.

I went through a long season of being distracted by problems and feeling unproductive for the Lord.  But as I continued to devote myself to learning and growing in my faith, I began to write about what God had been teaching me.  My books and blogs are a direct result of those “scuttled” years.

My aging mother is somewhat scuttled now in her life.  I’ve had to spend more time visiting her, picking up items from the store, paying bills, and cleaning the apartment.  So, even though my mother is scuttled, she is helping me become more patient, more sacrificial and generous with my time.  In other words, her scuttled ship is making me stronger to do God’s will and accomplish His mission.

I read a story about a young child who has a debilitating disease.  The child can’t speak but interacts with people around her.  The mother shared her perspective of how much joy her daughter brings to their family.  The little girl is “scuttled” yet the entire family is blessed and growing spiritually.

The Apostle Paul was scuttled and “sunk” deep in a prison cell where he wrote four letters to churches.  Those letters are in the New Testament and are the most widely read letters ever written!  God used this scuttled vessel as a harbor for others to be strengthened in their faith.

If you wonder how God can use you while you’re busy working through life’s problems, remember the scuttled boats off the coast of Normandy.  Those “useless” boats served to strengthen the mission of the Allied troops. Both the healthy ships and the scuttled vessels in the end became trophies of a well-deserved victory!


Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.


  1. Linda Lijewski says:

    Magnificent! Love it. Thank you for your insights and for sharing this great message that applies to all of us!

  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thank you Linda, I know God can use us when we’re down, but this example helps me understand that as we deal with others that are scuttled, we are changed too.

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Laurie! What a wonderful reminder that God can make something useful out of the brokenness of our lives.

  4. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thank you Cynthia – our God is so amazing!

  5. Great Analogy!

  6. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thank you Linda, when I watched that program it just really filled my heart that God uses us even when we feel like we’re out of commission and useless!

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