Trials in the Storm (Write-Up)

Changing our sails……”………..For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” -James 1:6 (KJV)

One ship sails East and another West                                                                                                                                 by the selfsame winds that blow,                                                                                                                                       ‘Tis the set of the sails and not the gales                                                                                                                           that tells the way they go.

“The Set of the Sails,” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, is a short poem about ships sailing on the sea. Riddle me this…Two ships are sailing in opposite directions, but the wind is blowing in only one direction…..How can that be?

Answer: It is not the wind that determines the direction of travel, but the set of the sails.

Life cannot control which way the wind blows, but we can control the direction we travel by how we adjust our sails. It’s not our trials, the issues of the day or the past that we visit that sails us to our destination. We know know that God has established winds to blow in our lives and by our choices, our decisions if aligned with faith in the Lord, we can go through any storm; or avoid rough seas altogether.

Some things in life we cannot change…..and, anyone can give up (that’s a bad choice), but to hold things together when everything else seems to fall apart shows us where we have placed (or misplaced) our faith and how we have set our sails. The winds of life are intended to help us “get there.” Without the wind we could not sail towards our destination.

Our peace, that which fills the void within us…and our destinations are not determined by outward influences but by our inward choices. What or whom have you chosen?

Like the winds of the sea are the waves of time.                                                                                                                 As we journey along through life,                                                                                                                                      ‘Tis the set of the soul that determines the goal,                                                                                                                and not the calm or the strife.’

Have a great Sunday evening God bless you all reading this!

My thanks to Denver Y. for the format and his input. He deserves the credit 🙂