Saturday, February 27, 2010

Knowing God - Luke 5:4

(from Pastor)
Launch out
into the deep.
Luke 5:4
Isn't there a trust and confidence when the captain calls, "Launch out into the deep"?
For sailors -- especially on stormy seas -- a sense of well-being comes from the shore. If worst came to worst, we could swim for it. There is danger, however, in the deeps. The captain must be confident in his ship before he launches out into the deep.
Are you confident in your crucified captain? Do you trust that he can navigate the currents -- even the currents of your life? Are you willing to launch -- even far from the comforts of familiar shores?
In Christ's Love,
a guy who's tired of crying "land-ho"
I love sea days.  After working on a cruise ship and being on several cruises, the days where there is no land visible are my favorite.  I love being on the ocean.  The sometimes gentle rocking of the waves always lulls me to sleep. The turbulent tossing of a storm thrills me.  (I can usually be found up on deck during a storm watching the waves and feeling the salt spray.)  

Closer to land, there is a safety and a security, but not a freedom as when out at sea.  Yes - our 'crucified captain' will keep us safe.  He will even teach us to enjoy the storm. To feel the salt spray on our faces. The wind whipping our hair.  And sometimes letting the current carry us is what he wants ... especially since He is the one directing the current. 

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