Devotions from Margaret Silf’s book, At Sea With God
As we voyage on the sea of life the wind speed and wind direction may change without notice… something may happen out of the blue, or a word may be spoken that pitches us in a new direction. We may ask ourselves if this sudden wind change furthers our journey with the Lord or if it hampers it. If it furthers it, we can run with it. But if it hampers it, we need to work against it. We need to be reflective if we are to monitor these shifts and be aware of the people, events, and movements all around us, catching the positive winds and standing firm against the gust that might blow us over. We respond to the wind flux by using the rudder. Perhaps the rudder is our deepest, most authentic wisdom, which is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. It is what gives purpose and meaning to life. It is the way we implement the course changes we may need to hold true. When we are at home with the wind and the waves, we can trust the movements of our circumstances and the process through which we are becoming the person God is dreaming into being. “To sail sensitively is to cooperate with that becoming, moment by moment, and to trust it.”
Let us be quiet before Him and listen so we can hear Him more clearly and become that true person!