Sailing Through the Storms of Life
So, you want to sail the seas of life? You’ve come to the right place.
Maybe you want to sail fast and hard to places no one has ever been or maybe you want to just cruise the open ocean at peace with the world. I’m glad you are looking for some advice because you have a heading for your journey. You are going to meet the Ocean-Maker. Not everyone looks for help and instead heads out unprepared.
The seas of life can be a dangerous place. Storms are abundant and if you’re not careful, the tides and currents will take you places you never expected to go. You have an enemy on these waters too—the evil one. He wants to distract and mislead you, so that you do not achieve your goal.
Before you go, the Ocean-Maker recommends stocking your ship with two important items: Scripture, which is your Map, and Jesus, who is your Anchor. You might think that you don’t need the Map and the Anchor. “I am fine on my own! I’ll make my own path. Anchors are for stopping. Who wants to stop?” Well I can tell you this, once you are out on the seas of life you will want to know where to go. And the Anchor will keep you safe when storms come.
The Map reflects truth and if you can connect what’s going on around you in the seas of life to what you read on the Map, then you are able to navigate well. On the seas of life, the evil one wants you to forget about your Map and instead focus just on the waters around you. When you take your eyes off the Map and you begin to travel unknown waters, it’s easy to get distracted and lost. The evil one uses many different things to distract unwary sailors, but the Map warns us about him.
“He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
Lies on the seas of life tend to keep us under their influence and take us off course. Many times, following lies seem to make sailing easier and more manageable. However, it will always lead to dangerous waters. They are siren calls to those who do not read the Map. Many boats have run aground or capsized because they took their eyes off the Map and instead followed the lies of the evil one.
The Map is a safeguard and it directs us well. The Map is never wrong. The experienced and successful sailor makes the Map a part of their daily routine, often checking it for guidance and instruction so that they can sail confidently knowing they are on the correct course. Remember your goal is to meet the Ocean-Maker and the Map will get you there safely.
However, sometimes your heading will take you through rough waters. Storms are one of the most dangerous things you will encounter on your journey. They can come in many shapes and sizes. The wind blows hard and the waves rise up threatening to swamp your ship.
Storms are both a blessing and a curse. A curse, because without the proper equipment, a storm could damage your boat beyond repair. Too many sailors have entered a storm only to come out on the other side battered and bruised, unwilling to sail anymore. So, they discard the Map and instead head for the nearest port, never to sail again.
But we have to sail the seas of life! When you encounter storms, it is important to remember the Anchor. Yes, storms are difficult, but the Anchor can be used to hold fast in the midst of troubled waters. Once a storm is weathered with the help of the Anchor, you will be a more experienced sailor for it—there is the blessing! A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
Too many sailors, when confronted with a storm, huddle below deck and wait for it to pass by. Your ship was made to weather storms, but only if you use the Anchor. The Anchor is a means of protection from the evil one:
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
(2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV)
A ship without the Anchor is subject to the currents and storms of the seas of life and cannot safely stop. A ship that cannot stop means that sailors cannot rest. Many weary sailors find themselves exhausted at the helm, unable to correct their course, so they find themselves following the currents of the seas of life or pursuing other ships on the horizon.
But a sailor should not simply float through the seas of life. A sailor follows the Map and relies on the Anchor. Remember the Anchor in times of trouble.
In a sea filled with lies, the Map keeps us safe and on the correct path. In a world filled with distraction, it’s important to remember that the Map guides us in truth. It is breathed out by the Ocean-Maker and is good for teaching, correction, and reproof. The Anchor is the mouthpiece of the Ocean-maker and has experienced the seas before, showing us exactly how to weather its storms. By making the Map and the Anchor a part of your ship, you will be prepared for whatever the seas of life might bring your way.