On my office desk sits a plaque which states, “A ship in port is safe but that is not what ships are built for,” (Grace Murray Hopper). I am no risk-taker, but those words resonate with me at a deep level. The designer of ocean-faring vessels carefully draws plans to produce desired goals – a ship that floats, fulfills its purpose, and is able to withstand obstacles. The builder does not intend for it to remain in port, but to launch, navigate oceans, dock in far-away places, submit to maintenance, and stay connected to the owner or home shipyard.
I naturally gravitate to the familiar, the comfortable, and the easy, but perhaps God has built me for something more, for something challenging, even for something risky. Consider these questions.
Have you been ‘floating in port’ too long waiting for something or someone to launch your life or ministry? Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding.”
Are you afraid to navigate the waters of God’s plans for you? The unknown is scary. Isaiah 41:10, “‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”
Are you willing to submit to God’s way and discipline? Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your works to the Lord And your plans will be established.” Proverbs 3:12, “For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.”
Do you stay connected to God? Psalm 5:3, “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” Acts 16:25, “. . . Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God . . .” Psalm 119:11, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.” Hebrews 10:25, “not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another . . .”
What oceans of God’s challenges will you boldly sail into this year?
Blessings of godly adventures! Prayer requests?
“Dear Lord, Grace me with eyes to see, a heart to perceive, and a mind to understand what you hold for me, then to grasp it and venture forth! Thank you, AMEN.”
Ships Ahoy with the Savior of All! PJ