We were at the beach recently where this old boat now rests as a place for kids to climb and it adds some seaside charm. It can’t be used because it has big holes in it and the boat has been abandoned as useless on the ocean.
Boats are amazing. And really huge boats simply awesome they way they defy the waves and ride on top of the water. Obviously, they were designed to do that, but I am yet stunned by even the simple marvels of engineering and science. Boats. Wonderful.
There are so many kinds of boats — fishing boats, battleships, tugboats, speedboats, rowboats, cruise liners. Each boat has its own purpose, destiny and direction.
There are many types, just as there are people and just as there are plans and hopes and dreams. But one thing about boats is constant: they need water in order to do their job.
In the same way, the course of our lives is like a boat, a vehicle on the waves and sometimes if we are blessed, the calm of life. Our lives are being propelled forward, but who is captaining this ship of ours? Are we capable of navigating the deep and sometimes treacherous, dark waters? Sometimes I think I am, and then other times I don’t want to be anywhere near the wheel. What to do?
I firmly believe that the LORD is my Captain and I trust in Him to guide and lead. The Holy Spirit moves us as orchestrates in perfect harmony with the will of God the Father. He speaks not of His own, but of that which He hears. He is the Helper, the Enabler, the One who comforts and the One who guides. Jesus said in John 16:13,
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
And in John 14:26:
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
The Holy Spirit will not force you to move this way or that or make you do things against your will. Choices are yours to make, but He will guide you and lead you as you have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying. And what does the Spirit have to say? Everything that Jesus has ever said to His disciples. And He speaks only what He hears–that of the future, that of your destiny, “…what is yet to come.”
TRUST God and become one with Him. In doing so, HE will be your Captain and HE will guide you into all truth. And if those waters of life are a bit murky right now, just hold on and continue to listen to your Captain. Stay in the boat, and don’t land on dry ground only to be stranded without hope. Peter walked on stormy waves as He trusted Jesus and kept His focus. You can do the same, today, with God’s help.