As a new day begins…


…each of us will face its challenges. There will be circumstances that develop, circumstances over which we may not have any control, circumstances that we simply cannot fix or that are bigger and stronger than we are. Some will surmount those situations and circumstances; others will be swept up by them which will it be for you?

There were two boats sailing in the bay. A stiff wind swept into the area blowing in the direction of the rocks and away from the harbor. The pilot of one of the boats was taken closer and closer to the rocks, its pilot having great difficulty controlling his course as the wind blew him closer and closer to disaster. Yet the pilot of the other boat adjusted his sails and set his course against the wind toward the safe harbor, for he knew that a good sailor can use the same wind and still sail against it. The minutes went by as one boat approached its end on the rocks and the other approached the safe harbor…

When all was said and done, the first sailor was lucky to have survived, and the other wrapped up an enjoyable day of sailing.

As we approach this new day, we can either be wrecked on the rocks of our circumstances or we can let God direct our course into the safe harbor of His loving arms, for just as two boats can sail in opposite directions in the same wind, we can move in opposite directions in response to our circumstances. In the case of sailing, the difference is training and skill. In the case of our life’s circumstances, it is seeking God’s presence that makes the difference.

Which way will we sail today?


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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4 Responses to As a new day begins…

  1. Matt Brumage says:

    In the midst of the storm will we think the sight of Jesus walking toward us on the water to be a fright or a favor? Will we wake Him in the back of the boat in a panic or join Him in His rest? The Spirit of Jesus is with us through storms. What else matters? Doesn’t the storm become a potential distraction from His face at that point?

    In the mornings, before school, my daughter watches TV and it’s loud during my quiet time. Do I let it distract me? Sometimes. It’s difficult to focus when I have the noisy distraction of other things clamoring for my attention.

    Good exercise though 😉

    Thanks for the post!

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