My life is the 101 series for a life similar to the one defined in Job 5:7, “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” I have learned to face trouble, trusting the Lord for solutions and the courage to implement what I perceive as a sensible way to sail through whatever type of storm.
Using the sailing the stormy seas theme, it doesn’t matter whether you are at the helm of a ship or trying to keep a canoe on a straight path with your wife handling one of the oars, the objective is to keep the vessel upright and on course. Simple. Ha! A waterman friend said to me, “Larry, sailing a destroyer through a hurricane is a piece of cake compared to canoeing with your inexperienced wife.”
An old Roman stated, “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” Publilius Syrus.
The biblical images of conquering fear, of inner peace while the circumstances around us are anything but tranquil are paramount in our life training. There will be storms, so the best thing we can do is learn to sail through the cyclones that come on our path.
Paul encouraged sailors with this truth in Acts 27:25, “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” God’s Word is the manual for a stormy life and when the storms come, trust it.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly