There is nothing I enjoy more than watching fireworks on the 4th of July, except maybe watching them over the ocean from the vantage point of a boat. And that’s just what we did this July 4th.
As speakers blared God bless America and I’m Proud to Be An American, our eyes dazzled with delight as colored pixie dust shot across a balmy night sky. One might think there was a giant-sized Tinker Bell at work behind scenes.
But, you know what the best part of the night was? The boat ride there and back.
On the return trip to our friend’s dock, I sat near the bow, the best view in the house. As we whisked through the water, I blissfully inhaled the salt air as the wind buffet my hair into a frizzy tangled mess. And I didn’t care! (Not at all like normal for me.) For that moment in time I had not one worry.
Not once did I fear we were going too fast, would run a ground, crash, or get lost. I felt safe. Even on the way home in the dark, with visibility slim, my soul stayed serene. I was as free as the liberty we were celebrating.
Because I knew the captain and had full faith in the him. He’s been navigating the air (he is a pilot by profession) and water for years. I believed he knew what he was doing. He had control. I didn’t need it, because I trusted his ability. I felt at ease to put my life fully in his hands, if only for this brief journey.
However there was another passenger who questioned the captains every move. She shuttered with every shift and pull of the boat. I could hear her from behind, saying,
“Are you sure you aren’t going too fast?”
“Can you see where you are going?”
I could feel her anxiety and I recognized her voice.
In real life I’m that person in the back of the boat.
I don’t have to act it, look it, or sound it. I feel it. And it keeps me from living life with abandon.
The way God wants all of us to live life.
So why is it so hard? Could it be we’re not fully trusting in our Captain because we don’t fully know Him?
Let’s look at His credentials.
He’s been navigating the air and waters from the beginning of time. He made the earth’s foundation.(Genesis 1:1 and Job 38:4)
He marked out how big it should all be. (Job 38:5)
He measured the oceans in the palm of his hand. (Isaiah 40:12)
He watches over everything on earth. He waters the land where no one lives. He sends rain to satisfy the empty land so grass begins to grow. (Job 38:26-27)
He hunts food for the lions to satisfy their hunger. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens that call. (Job 38:39 Psalm 147:9)
He knows us full well. He counts every hair on our head, even the tangled frizzy ones. (Luke 12:7)
He created our whole being and loved us so much he made us in His image and planned out every one of our days. (Psalm 139:13-16, Genesis 1:27)
And the Great Captain says, if I’m too hard for you to know then I’ll send you my Son. He’s easy and he’ll help you trust me so that you may live the fullest of life. (John 10:10, Matthew 11:30)
And to know Him, is to be free.
2 Corinthians 3:16-17 says, Whenever any one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.
Oh, that we (I) may we learn to trust the Great Captain on this brief journey called life and celebrate each day, full throttle like I’m viewing it from the bow of a boat and it’s the 4th of July.
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