One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow;
‘Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The winds will blow. Always have & always will. Oh, there will moments of calm but be assured the winds will return. Winds of adversity, misunderstanding, illness, strife, suffering & heartache.
So the question of the day (and everyday) is, in my heart, how are the sails set? Are they set to draw nearer to Father or farther away? It’s my choice. Drifting away from Him and blaming it on the winds is as old as – well as old as the history of mankind (See Genesis 3.) And the results are always the same; disaster.
No – I do have a choice. I can set the sail to draw near to the One who loves me with an unconditional, unlimited and unending love. It will not always be easy sailing but it’s always easier than the alternative. Experiencing closeness to Him enables me to sail through any storm. Drawing near results in joy regardless of the winds (Psalm 16:11.) He gives me strength to endure and even triumph in any kind of ‘wind’ (Pilippians 4:13.)
James 4: 8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
“Father, as the winds of life blow hard and menacing, please keep me near. I trust You to bring to my attention the times that the sail of my heart needs adjusting back to the course that draws me closer to You. In the name of your holy and powerful Son, Amen.”