Monday, November 10, 2008

Charting Your Course

(Photo by Corliss Sinclair)

Of all earth’s wonders, the oceans remain one of its greatest mysteries. Scientists are still exploring the depths of the sea and the myriad creatures and plants found there. In truth, there is an entire world under the surface of the water that most of us will never see and cannot imagine. No one but God could create the ocean, set its boundaries, and sustain its tides and waves. The ocean is an awesome exhibit of God’s power and majesty.

When we gaze upon the ocean, it goes on as far as the eye can see, to the horizon and beyond. Yet it is not without end. Waves from the same ocean crash upon the shores of a distant country. If we set sail, like Columbus in 1492, we will eventually reach land provided our boat is seaworthy and the winds are favorable. John Shedd once said, “a ship in harbor is safe—but that is not what ships are built for.” Surfers like to ride the biggest waves, so they head for the ocean when a hurricane is brewing. Why should we desire a haven of rest when we could have the excitement of an ocean crossing? If we remain on shore and gaze across the water, our view will never change. It is only when we launch out into the deep that we experience new adventures.

In the same manner, it is only when we commit ourselves completely to God that we experience the fullness of his power to change our lives. If we allow ourselves to be frightened by the vast unknown or fearful of the obstacles in our path, we miss the joy of the journey. Is God calling you to do a special work for him? If we allow him to chart our course and pilot our vessel, we are assured of his protection and blessing. So go ahead. Push off from the shore. Launch out for God.

“Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go” (James 3:4, NIV).

by Hazel King
Copyright 2008

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