Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
Not that I’m an expert sailor by any means, but last week someone asked me about boating. So, this “land-lubber” gave the best boating advice I know. Are you ready? If you stay on ground, you don’t have to worry about drowning. Kind of like what I heard from an airline pilot as our plane, ready for take off, began to taxi back to the terminal, much to the disappointed groans of all on board. The pilot over the intercom said this. “Folks, it is better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air, than to be in the air wishing you were on the ground.”
Here’s what advice I can give on boating in Iowa. If the water is rough, stay on shore. If you get caught in high winds and big waves, head your bow into the wind. That would be the front, the part that looks like a “v.” Front is bow, back is stern, right side is starboard, and left side is port. (Here’s a little memory trick. Left and port both have four letters.) 😊
But even if you’re on shore minding your own business, life sometimes slaps you in the face with unexpected challenges. I don’t know anything about flying. I know only a little about boating. Somedays, I don’t think, even with all my life experiences, I know much about life. Today what I think is the right answer, is completely wrong tomorrow.
Even though my anchor is in Jesus, sometimes I get blown onto the rocky shoreline. A place I never anticipated. There, I’m often battered against the rocks. Every move, every decision seems to be wrong. You’ve been there too.
So, even while I’m taking on water and even in danger of sinking, much like the disciples in their sailing with Jesus, I just wait. The disciples tried to fix things themselves and finally they woke up the Lord and asked for help. Of course, Jesus fixed everything with but His spoken word, “Peace, be calm.”
In those frenzied moments, I wait upon the Lord. I know He will restore calm and peace in my life—and he’ll restore that same peace and calm in yours!
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.