Going Down With Your Ship

Saturday, July 11, 1998

Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not fear, for I have saved you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you… For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

First in! Cousin Bill and I are the very first in the water this year, wet snow falling as our boats make their first splash. Except mine makes a little extra splash and settles just a little deeper in the water. An almost invisible fracture caused by expanding ice during the winter threatens to sink me. All the joy of the launch is now evaporating with worry. Here I sit with head in hands. Maybe I'm getting ready to go down with my ship. So many hours getting every little item perfect, and now here I sit sinking ever so slowly into the salty sea. Time to act. First, start bailing. Get the water down below the trouble area, define the difficulty, look at the resources at hand, go to a source of expertise, learn that you are not the first to sink. Now, gather your resources, stick your head in that cramped space, and plug that hole. The first attempt will inevitable leave something to be desired, but the bottom line for me is… my boat will not sink today. My boat will not be swamped because I refused to allow myself to be swamped by the problem at hand. My boat is still afloat. Is there a parable here for you as you launch your day? Happy sailing!

Prayer: Help me not to drown in the difficulties of the day but learn to cope with life. Help me to continue in prayer as if everything depended on you and help me to act as if everything depended on me. Thanks be to you my God for ever. Amen.

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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