Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Reflections by the Sea © Betsy Glass
January 16, 2013

He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. 
Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.
- Psalm 22:8
A boat ride can be fun, and in order to really 
enjoy the experience I think that having trust in
the captain is all important. I want the captain
to know the boat, know the water, understand the
weather and be familiar with the navigation
charts. It makes for an easier ride if there are
no worries and the captain is fully experienced
and capable. I would hesitate to take a boat ride
with a captain that showed inexperience. The
depth finder and radar are so helpful, but
ultimately it is his skills that come with
experience that will help the captain guide the
boat because of his knowledge and ability to
handle the vessel.
At the start of each day lies before us are all
the choices and decisions we must make. We may
not have the great skill and knowledge of a
professional boat captain to apply to our life.
We may be navigating uncharted waters as we deal
with choices before us. Some days can seem a bit
overwhelming at times with so much facing us and
many people depending on us. We wonder what is
the right thing to do. Often we will poll our
family and friends for their advice, only to come
away more confused than ever, even though they
love us and mean well. Those decisions that
simmer day after day on the back burner
eventually have to be handled. They can’t be put
off another day. But what if you don’t know what
to do? God says we are to trust Him. God has a
way of directing our paths and we are not aware
of it. If we go down the wrong path we will
surely know it because nothing about it will work
out. We will come across too many obstacles which
sometimes is God’s way of telling us we have
veered into the wrong direction. Just as soon as
we make the correction, we get a “knowing” on the
inside of us that we are where we need to be.
When we are in God’s Will everything seems to
fall into place. It is by His design because He
has been working behind the scenes to line up the
right people, right circumstances for our
situation. Basically, He has made a way. And what
if you want something so bad and have prayed so
hard for it and it isn’t happening? Don’t
despair. Perhaps God’s Timing and our timing are
not in sync. It doesn’t mean it won’t happen, it
will only happen when God anoints it to happen.
Decisions face each of us. Big ones and little
ones. Life-changing decisions and the simple ones
that are easily forgotten by the end of the day.
To keep from wasting steps and time, consult God
before each decision. His wisdom is ever abundant
and He always has our best interest at heart. And
if you feel like you haven’t heard from God about
what to do, start moving in the best direction
and make the best decision you can. God likes to
see us use the wisdom He has given us. And if it
is to be, God makes a way. And if it isn’t, God
will stop us with delays, cancellations, and a
whole string of situations will stand in front of
us that will prevent us from moving forward. He
has the plan. He knows what is best. We don’t
have to explore uncharted waters alone. God is at
the helm and He says we can trust Him.


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