“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Cor. 9:8
When I was in grad school, a buddy of mine had a little ten foot sailboat we liked to take out on the weekends. My friend didn’t know much about sailing. I knew even less. But we had a blast cruising around a little lake near the university. That is, until this one day.
It was picture perfect with a 10-12 mph wind, which meant we were moving right along–cutting a big arc across the middle of the lake. Suddenly, and I mean out of nowhere, the wind died down to almost nothing. We were dead in the water and drifting AWAY from shore. It’s a good thing the boat came with two oars, because we ended up rowing a half mile to land!
Well, we brought her in (sort of), up to this boat slip where we were met by a blue-eyed, blonde-haired teenager grinning for ear to ear. It’s turned out this kid was a Norwegian exchange student who knew a thing or two about sailing. He’d watched our little “dilemma” unfold from shore. We tried to explain how the freakish break in the wind left us stranded, but he was having nothing of it. “For a sailor, almost any wind will do,” he said, still grinning. “May I show you?”
He then proceeded to shove off, set the sail, and slowly navigate out to the middle of the lake and back under the power of an almost imperceptible breeze. It’s funny, I don’t remember sailing much with my friend after that.
There’s a life application here somewhere…
Forces beyond our control, like the wind, can either help us or hurt us. It all depends on how we set the sail–make the best of God’s grace.