Cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard the thought that ships or boats are safe in a harbor, but that’s not what they are built for. This particular Series is one developed around the very pointed and simple phrase:
“Ships are safe in harbor… but that is not what ships are built for…”
Indeed, all the hard work in the design, engineering and building of a ship of any size is not to have it sit in a protected cove or harbor, but to be capable and fit to take on open water and all that can be dealt it – come the beating sun or crashing waves. United States Coast Guard rescue ships, called cutters, for instance are designed to turn completely upside down and be able to automatically right themselves right side up in the event of brutal storms on the seas. Each boat/ship is built for a specific duty and needs be considered based upon the type of environment where it will be used. Just like one would NOT take a dingy to the ocean, we have to remember that a ship in a pond would be just as crazy a sight…
This Series is very short, but He that considers will gain the depth of our souls. To first see what boats we have to choose from, we must needs be aware of the Creator, Maker and Sustainer – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is possible, no matter the body or type of water a boat is to be built, to choose the right one. We are not to select or decide upon the ship we need by the harbor where it may be moored for only a little time, but rather the voyage to be encountered. Safety can be a perception of the beholder, which can be very different than a general perception by many. Safety can be found amongst counsellors in Faith and most definitely in the LORD.
We have a real need to remember Who God is… We are reminded of Him and His Son in the Gospel of John chapter 1:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…”
John 1:1,14 | King James Version
Robed in Flesh is our King, Saviour, Peace Maker… He is our Safety and our Haven – even in the midst of the most violent of storms in our lives. That Harbor is His Arms, NOT some remote place where folks hide till the sun comes back out and the seas are calm.
How many times have we found ourselves seemingly out in the deep with a storm brewing, where all of a sudden we want an escape to the safety of a harbor until the storm we are experiencing passes by? Truth be told, we’ve each been there – possibly more times than we’d like to count or even let on to others that we have. Each of us as Christians need to remember Who is the Master of those storms – for they could not be ANYTHING without being allowed to be a storm that we experience. We’ve each been designed for specific types of storms in the places where we find ourselves, we have to remember this from Proverbs 21, “safety is of the LORD”. We don’t have to escape to be in our Haven, for He is right there with us – with even “great waters” under His full control, more than a mere rescue can be performed, He can use us for His Glory.
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