A young ensign was completing his first deployment aboard a large destroyer. He had performed all of his duties in an exemplary manner and as a reward the captain gave him permission to “get the ship underway.”
In his excitement and enthusiasm for being given such an honor, he went through every procedure carefully, wanting to further impress his superiors. However, in taking advantage of this new challenge he broke an old tradition. As he was steering the ship out of the harbor, the First Officer quietly said to him, “Ensign, you have overlooked one of the unwritten rules of the sea. Make sure the Captain is on board before you get underway.”
There are times in all of our lives when we are so anxious to “get underway” that we leave our “Captain” standing on the shore. We all face days of uncertainty and tasks that seem beyond us. We are overwhelmed by opportunities that are unfamiliar and demands that have defeated others around us. So unprepared and uncertain, we rush into the journey without God’s guidance. Then we discover that we are in a sea with waves that would turn our lives upside down and winds that take away our breath. Unfortunately, we often leave shore without our Captain. But, fortunately, when we return, we find He is there waiting to take the helm. The winds and waves obey His voice!
Prayer: Lord, may we realize that we will not be safe without Your presence as we travel life’s seas. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 139:10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.