Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baltic Sea Message In A Bottle Connects Strangers

Twenty-four years ago, a letter in a bottle was tossed into the Baltic Sea by a five-year-old German child named Frank Uesbeck . The message in the bottle stated these simple words: "My name is Frank, and I'm five years old. My dad and I are traveling on a ship to Denmark. If you find this letter, please write back to me, and I will write back to you."

Amazingly, Daniil Korotkikh, a thirteen year old Russian teenager, recently saw this same bottle while he was walking on a beach, picked it up, and saw a message in the bottle. The five year old child named Frank Uesbeck is now twenty-nine years old and still lives at the same exact address in Coesfeld, Germany. With the help of a video link on the Internet, these two strangers from different parts of the world met each other this month. See the article Baltic Sea letter in a bottle found 24 years later.

Commentary: Who would have thought that a letter inserted into a bottle by a five-year-old German child would be discovered by a thirteen-year-old Russian teenager 24 years later? This story demonstrates the fact that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. Who would have thought that a message inserted into a bottle by a five-year-old German child would be discovered by a thirteen-year-old Russian teenager 24 years later?

Furthermore, who would have thought that these two strangers would eventually become acquaintances? What are the chances of something like this occurring? My guess would be that the odds of something like this happening would be about 1 in 1 million. God can answer prayers, and a little five-year-old boy's hope or prayer that someone would find his letter in a bottle has been answered. This is something for atheists and agnostics to ponder.

Related Links

Message in a Bottle (the novel written by Nicholas Sparks)

Message in a Bottle
(the movie starring Kevin Costner)

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