ROWING, TOWING, OR FULL SPEED AHEAD!
I was raised in Bremerton, Washington on the Puget Sound. I never tired of seeing the ferry boats from
Seattle coming into the dock. Bremerton is the home of a naval base as
well. In my childhood days, I well
remember the thrill of seeing an aircraft carrier, destroyer and,
once-in-awhile, the top of a submarine glide into port.
I developed a love for boats, any size or shape. (I must say,
being a pampered guest on a cruise ship is a wonderful experience!)
There is something special about being in a row boat, in the
middle of a lake or bay, on a beautiful, fluffy cloud day. The air is calm and there is such a sense of
peace as you gaze at the lovely scenery surrounding you.
Occasionally, you could see a tug boat, pulling its cargo,
chugging through the waters. On the
other hand, there is nothing like riding, full-speed ahead in one of those
sleek, outdoor motors.
Reflecting on this, I felt assured there was a biblical
application lingering somewhere for a Nuggets
Lessons of Life from the boats:
The Church Boat: Many
attend a church regularly, but the question is, ‘How many have had a real
encounter with the living Savior as to represent a changed heart and life that
reflects the love of Christ within? We
are not saved by our effort or works, but only by placing our trust in
Jesus. Please read the Barna Survey from
The Tug Boat: In
listening to others, as well as teaching the Word, I learn that many are
carrying around a ‘cargo’ of fear, grief, shame, guilt, depression and unbelief
plus a host of other constant negative emotions. These emotions load a person down in such a
way that they cannot lift up their eyes and see that Jesus took it all on the cross,
once for all. To enjoy peace and joy in
this present world, we are going to have to “let go” of all that unwanted cargo
we are carrying around. Surrender it to
all to the Lord, and let Him be our peace.
The Speed Boat:
Outboards can give us an exhilarating ride, but it is always very
temporary. We get back to shore and the
exhilaration quickly vanishes. Like the boat ride, one
day we wake up and realize that we have been so busy living life in accordance
with our own mind, will and emotions, not taking God into consideration on a
daily basis. We pause and wonder, how
did we get into such a mess?
The Battle Ship: There
is a time and place to be on one of these ships. Our battle is the Lord’s and He has given us
all the battle gear (especially in Ephesians 6:10-20). The Word of God is our Operating Manual. In the Christian realm, we should be like the
dedicated Navy Seals who are trained and disciplined; ready, daily, for any
assignment to go against the enemy who seeks to kill, steal, and destroy.
The Row Boat: It
represents that peace that only Jesus can bring. When the storm clouds come, the wise one rows
back to shore to a safe Haven of Rest, knowing, with full assurance, his Master
is in control of every storm we will encounter and He will lead us through.
The Ship Zion: (Sounds like a hymn.)
day we will have a permanent home in a New Jerusalem. Now we will call this ship the place where
God lives and is worshiped. He is the
perfect, powerful and Holy Captain. He
is the Master Builder of the ship as well as of all life and everything
beautiful. He will never, never get us
off-course as we follow Him wherever He takes us. He knows the safe harbors from the storms of
life. The fellowship aboard this vessel
is wonderful and sweet. It is a taste of what Heaven will be.
The Ship of New Life: This is our
personal ship that sails with the Ship of Zion. The best voyage is on
this ship where we know how much God loves us and understand that we are on His
mind. In this ship the atmosphere is filled with love, joy, peace,
long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, faith, and self-control. What a wonderful way to live. Why did Jesus
pay such a supreme sacrifice to give us everything? It was because of His love. Do you know the Lord wants to have fellowship
with you? What a thought! (Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were
created. Revelation 4:11). The Almighty Creator of the Universe desires to commune
with us and bless us. He is also a
perfect Abba Father (Romans 8:15) who delights in us. When we receive salvation through Jesus, we
have been given deliverance, healing and the hope of all His promises. Trust Him with your life. Surrender your all
and see how well you sail through this life. Worship God and give praise with
thankfulness. A thankful heart settles
the storm. God knows the waters we pass
through. He is the one who said “peace be still in the midst of the
storm.” This the is ship where we belong. Here we will be safe and secure
no matter what comes our way.
want you blessed. As Christians, we must be in the Word of God daily. Otherwise, we do not know how to chart our
course. Seek the power of the precious
Holy Spirit who dwells within. Depending on our own mind, will and emotions
gains no merit. Our own efforts and self-will will constantly lead us into
choppy waters where the sailing is rough, insecure and the future most obscure.
the troubling waters of today’s society, we should choose our boats very
dear friend, on which ship do you travel?
Do you have full assurance that you have been born-again? Perhaps it is
time to disembark from one and embark on another.
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost”
love and blessings,