A nautical blessing of unknown origin, “Fair Winds and Following Seas” is how many sail through life. A hope and a prayer for smooth sailing. Are you sailing through life? That can be disastrous, especially since your kids are learning how to handle life from the way you handle yours.
Early in our dating years, my husband taught me to sail his catamaran. I cannot tell you the thrill of controlling the boat using the wind in the sails, the tiller and rudders. Control is an awesome feeling. Lose control and you capsize. Yes, I did.
Our life is like a sailboat. The rudder decides the direction as guided by the tiller. Whose hand is on the tiller? Yours? The current of the world is strong. The Wind of God’s Word is stronger. Without His word you cannot sail, the current will push you into the rocks. Your sails need to be trimmed through prayer and the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life. When we navigate through the currents of the world, if the rudder (our character) is directed with our hand on the tiller then we are going to capsize and sink. If on the other hand, our sailboat has a keel shaped by Jesus Christ through salvation, then the rudder is directed (our path) by Him and His hand is on the tiller (His will vs. ours).
Life is hard and there are plenty of rough seas. When you need to put into harbor for safety His promises are your anchor. You can count on His promises to keep you as you ride out the storms. Sometimes He calms the seas (Mark 4:35-40), sometimes you have to ride out the storm and sometimes God uses the storm to shape you (Jonah 1).
God needs to be the Captain of the boat, not the co-captain. His hand needs to be on the tiller of your life setting the rudder so that you sail safely no matter the weather. From time to time you need to lighten the load and He will direct you to throw your baggage and cargo overboard. Some of it may be precious cargo, but often it is garbage. Allowing God to be in control and guide your sailboat will not give you smooth sailing, but it will always give you safe sailing.