Sailing Straight

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Somewhere we adopted the idea that God’s will is a tightrope. One wrong step and you could fall off. This paralyzes our ability to function as we were created to be. The Pharisees held so tightly to the rules that even when they were in the presence of the living God, they missed the point.  God’s will is less like a walking a tightrope and more like steering a sailboat. 

My friend said, “Grab the helm and keep us going straight.”  I jumped behind the wheel and held on with white knuckles. The wheel didn’t move an inch.  After attending to the other needs of the boat, he returned to check our progress. “We’ve gone way off path,” he said kindly, as to not hurt my feelings. I was shocked, “How is that possible? I’ve been holding the wheel perfectly straight.”  He explained that in order to maintain your desired direction in sailing, constant adjustments need to be made.  Pointing the boat straight, even with great fervor, failed to take into account the stirring waves or the guiding winds. 

Journeying towards God is not stagnant. It is not a riddle to solve or a skill to master.  Likewise, it can not be achieved by tightly clutching to the comfort of the Law.  Our journey never happens removed from the swirling tides of life, culture, and community that move around us.

So bring the bow of your life around, realign it with the Kingdom, and let the guiding winds of the Holy Spirit move you there.

Scripture: John 14:15-21 (NIV)

"If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Futher Exploration:

Watch Man on Wire

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