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Trying to Steer by Ourselves

I love it when a character in a fiction book has a thought or comment that sticks in my mind and brings to light something I need to work on, be aware of, learn from. This happened recently while reading the book Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink. The character Mary, a 12 year old girl, is adrift in a rescue boat in the Pacific Ocean. She is discussing with her sister (who is only 10 years old) whether they should stay on their present course or change it. Mary says ...

"But without a map, there's no use trying to steer. Because for all we know we might be steering ourselves just the very wrongest way. I'm going to sit right here a while longer and keep hoping the wind knows where it's taking us."

All they see is water and, even though they know there are islands nearby, there is no land in sight. Their boat lands on an island the very next morning.

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you can't "see" anything, but you know there is something or someone somewhere over that horizon? The Lord knows where He is taking us. There have been times when I have been impatient and taken up the rudder of my rescue boat. I figure that God said that He had something for me to do, somewhere for me to go, someone for me to meet ... so, well, uhhh, ummm ... I'll just move this whole voyage along since nothing seems to be happening anyway.

When I impatiently try to move things along, I *really* should be waiting upon the Lord. He knows the way for me to go. He is not going to guess. He knows the time schedule, has a complete map of the area, and is already working with my next contact.

Psalm 37:5-7 says, Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him.

June 15, 1998
1998 by Kathy Ridpath
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Baby Island
by Carol Ryrie Brink, Helen Sewell
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