The ship on which I was a passenger was negotiating a rather narrow channel into Mahogany Bay, Honduras. I watched in amazement as the Captain skillfully maneuvered the vessel through potentially dangerous obstacles such as rocks, sand bars just under the surface, and a wrecked ship. I share with you some of my reflections that were prompted by this event.
We each pilot our small crafts of life through the ocean of our days on earth. As we journey, there is a fact about our existence that is intriguing. God’s word says we are “wonderfully and fearfully made” Psalm 139:14. The ‘wonderful’ part of God’s creative design is that we have free will. We are creatures of volitional choice. We are free to love or hate, free to accept sound advice or ignore it, free to chose eternal life or reject it.
The ‘fearful’ part of God’s design is also that we have free will. In this respect, the poet William Earnest Henley wrote, “I am the master of my fate: the captain of my soul.” We can use our precious freedom to go where we please. God has said, “I set before you life and death, blessings and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants may live, that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice and that you may cling to Him…” (Deuteronomy 30:19,20). But, if we should choose to turn away from Him and go our own way, God has said, “I announce to you today that you shall surely perish” (Deuteronomy 30:18). If we chose unwisely to ignore God word, we are free to shipwreck our very souls.
An old hymn forms the words of my prayer:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me over life’s tempestuous seas;
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treach’rous shoal.
Chart and compass came from thee; Jesus, Savior, pilot me
~ Brother Roy