Miriam-Webster describes a Sail as: a large piece of strong cloth that is connected to a ship or boat; it’s used to catch the wind that moves the ship or boat through the water.
There are times in our lives that we need to “set sail” (follow God’s will). Not necessarily on a boat, but we need to be willing to let God take us where he wants us. How do we prepare for this?
In studying about Paul and his teachings in the Bible we find that he was filled with the Holy Spirit. He patiently obeyed the Lord and stayed when God placed it upon his heart to stay, and he left and set sail when it was time to go.
“But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.” Then he set sail from Ephesus.” ~ Acts 18:21
It is my understanding that in order for a sailboat to maneuver through the waters, the sailor, by changing the rigging and rudder, manages the force of the wind on the sails allowing them to change the direction and speed of the boat. When looking over “Sailing 101”, I became aware that, just like learning to fly an airplane, sailing is a very complex undertaking. Not just something you hop in, throw the sails up and take off in without creating havoc. I recently met a friend who has the desire to own a sailboat. He explained to me that for him, the first step in owning a sailboat of his own isn’t the actual purchase of the boat, but in learning HOW to operate one. Smart man! (Don’t tell him I said that) He is spending his spare time from his daily job, reading a sailing manual to prepare him for a sailing course. Upon completion of that course, he will perfectly select the boat that he wants and begin a new adventure. Because of his diligence to approach it with caution and intelligence, he will be fully prepared for this new exciting journey. Instead of throwing caution to the wind, (no pun intended… well, maybe a little) he will find enjoyment instead of struggle.
When many give their life to Christ, they begin their journey not fully understanding what it takes to be one of God’s servants. Instead of reading the “manual”, such as my friend is doing for sailing, they want to do it their way. As Christians, we need to spend time with God (reading our Bible, praying, and listening to him) so we can know, just as Paul did, when to “set sail” and when to stay where we are. In order for my friend to successfully sail, he cannot have one foot in the boat and one foot on the dock. In order for God to show us what he has planned for us, we must have both our feet in and firmly planted in our boat. (our daily walk) Yes, setting sail (following God completely) can be scary. We will have storms along the way, whether he leads us or not, but if we let him lead and direct the sails of our boat, we know that he will cover us no matter what we go through. He knows the exact ship that we need and he knows who he’s going to allow to take that trip with us. There’s a world out there that he wants us to see and enjoy. We just have to trust him and jump in with both feet.
Blessings … Pam