Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)
When I was a young woman, I spent a weekend with a bunch of youth learning how to sail through the San Juan Islands. Leaning and bobbing for three days was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Thirty years later, I don’t recall much of what I was taught, but I do remember that when we lifted the sails we did so slowly as we checked the ropes and grommets for any frayed cord or loose parts. If anything looked odd or twisted, we would call the captain of the craft to come and examine what we found. A worrier by nature, I was always relieved to not find any problems or catches, and we could raise and secure it.
So last week when our pastor drew an analogy of revival in our hearts being like sailing, I sat up a bit taller to hear what he had to say. The rudder of a ship controls the direction of the boat and the sail catches the wind to propel it forward. He then said that our ‘rudder’ is when we choose and commit to allow the Lord to take the wheel and steer our lives. The wind is like the breath of God in our lives. He blew into Adam to bring life into the clay sculpture. The Spirit of God came as a mighty rushing wind in Acts 2 . . . But before we can take on the power that comes from having our sails filled, we need to slowly unfurl them inch by inch. We need to acknowledge any snares or things that have gotten hidden in the folds. We need to confess and clean anything that has frayed or gotten loose in our lives. As we daily work at getting our sails ready, that’s when the Holy Spirit really can take hold in our lives, and empower and propel us forward.
I loved that. It seemed to resonate with me, and I’ve been working on my sails all week. Hope that you too have found some encouragement as well.
Father, we thank You that You don’t leave us dead in the water. You have equipped us with all we need to do the work You’ve called us to. Help us to set our lives on You and get real as we examine every inch of our hearts. Thank You that we know as we confess, You – the Master of All – will make things right so that we can move on. Blow sweet Spirit of God and take us where You want us to go. In Jesus’ name, Amen!