I am often fascinated by old ships and how they face treacherous seas, straining to their destination. I imaging the old captain with his Gandalf-like beard, pipe in one hand and a faded map in the other. How do they navigate in the dark, how do they stay on course without the ability to see their destination?
I think life can be like this too. Do you ever feel like you are being tossed about on stormy seas, surrounded by fog and without direction? I think we have all had times like this in our lives.
So who is guiding your life? Who is the captain of your soul? Who do you turn to in uncertain times? Who do you turn to find direction and purpose?
I have tried searching for purpose and direction in many different people, places and things but I can confidently tell you that only one person has been able to adequately guide the direction of my life. His name is Jesus Christ and He is the Captain of my soul.
I love this thought: “God’s way is perfect. He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised.” Psalm 23:3
No matter where you find yourself or what you may be facing, God is the only One who can point your life in the right direction. He has promised to always be with you, every step of the way and He has promised to lead into the good things He has planned for you from long ago.
Isn’t that comforting to know? That Jesus is right there, ready to show you where to go, how to live and how to be the best you. The reason I can trust Him is that He knows where I have been and He knows where I am going.
So when you find yourself on stormy seas, tossed about in the uncertainty of life:
- Allow His truth to point you back north.
- Allow His Word to align your voyage.
- Allow Him to clear the fog surrounding you and show you where you ought to be going.
The lyrics to Captain by Hillsong United have really spoken to my heart. I pray it encourages you:
Through waters uncharted my soul will embark
I’ll follow Your voice straight into the dark
And if from the course You intend
Speak to the sails of my wandering heart
Like the wind
Clear the skies before me
And I’ll glide this open sea
Like the stars
Will align my voyage
And remind me where I’ve been
And where I am going
Lost in the shallows amidst fear and fog
Your truth is the compass that points me back north
My soul’s trusted Lord
All my allegiance is rightfully Yours
Where does your allegiance lie? Can you say that Jesus is the Captain of your life, your soul’s trusted Lord? As for me, I’d follow His voice straight into the dark.
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