Navigating the storm…
Wikipedia.com says this on the topic of navigating… “Navigation, in a broader sense, can refer to any skill or study that involves the determination of position and direction.”
In the course of life, we many times may find ourselves in the midst of circumstances and challenges that seem like a storm raging around us. Just like in an actual storm, challenging situations/hard times that we see raging around us can be disorienting, frightening, and make knowing which direction to go or step to take next very difficult. In a natural storm at sea, a boat that finds itself in the midst of the storm is pounded by tall, powerful waves that rock the boat to and fro, it’s hit by rain, many times surrounded by fog or even the mist from the churning oceans, which makes visibility extremely difficult. Then, if the storm happens to be raging at night, forget being able to see any distance, much less the shoreline. Those inside a boat in the midst of such a storm could easily become disoriented if they relied solely on their ability to see through the raging storm around them. If they chose to navigate/move/choose their direction of travel with their visual senses alone, they could quickly become shipwrecked or very lost. Thankfully though they have instruments, technology, and seafaring knowledge that enables them to navigate safely through the storm. They don’t have to be able to see the shoreline to know it’s there.
How many of us can relate to a ship being tossed at sea and not being able to see with our natural eyes a safe way to proceed/travel forward? Thankfully, just like ships have sonar, radar, a compass and other navigation instruments that enable them to safely navigate thru storms, we have Jesus and the Holy Spirit to enable, empower, protect and guide us thru any challenge/storm life may throw at us. Also, just as boat captain and those who serve as crew on ships develop knowledge, and skill as they learn to navigate and gain experience each time they encounter and navigate thru a storm, so we gain experience thru life’s storms. David had a lion and bear experience before he faced Goliath. Each of us could recount challenges we faced in which God brought us triumphantly thru, enabling us to stand and have increased faith to face the next challenge that arose. It’s a pattern of trust that develops each time we see God’s faithfulness and provision carry us thru. Don’t dread storms. Challenges and storms are guaranteed to come, but that’s okay because Jesus has already overcome them all (“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”” -John 16:33 NLT)
You’re not in this life alone. Jesus loves you and there are others God has placed in your life to be there for you, to help and support you. Friendships, family, and fellowship are blessings God has given us. Pray for your loved ones and even those that may not be so loveable :). Prayer changes things. Know you’re not navigating this life alone. Turn your face to the wind and stand, knowing that God is faithful and true to be with you always, helping you navigate every moment of every day.