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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Think About It.

Catching The Wind

I’m up early again this morning getting ready to head out for my third sailing lesson. I’ve always wanted to sail, but life and opportunity never seemed to connect. Recently I obtained a small sailboat and I found that a local sailing club was having a sailing camp, so I signed up. I’m learning some things that I never would have thought about had I not embarked upon this adventure. I’ve had canoes and kayaks, and I’ve ridden in powerboats. Each one of these can go where you want them to go simply by pointing them and applying power. This is not so with a sailboat. To sail you need wind and as I’ve learned from flying kites, not all wind is the same.

Yesterday, we actually didn’t get to sail because there wasn’t enough wind. We would look out across the lake for wind lines but we couldn’t find any. Because we were on a 26-foot cruiser, we had an outboard to get us to where we wanted to go, but no wind. We didn’t catch any wind until late in the afternoon when we were heading back to the dock. When we have sailed, it is slow going. To catch the wind you have to angle the sail and ride a course which maybe at a right angle from where you heading. Always watching the direction of the wind enables the sailor to utilize the power of the wind to move through the water.

As I’ve been going through this experience I’ve realized that sailing is like following God, you have to be observant to know the direction he is moving in. The Holy Spirit, often thought of as wind, is said to blow where he wills, to follow you will have to know how to read the signs. It also involves patience. Because sailing is dependent upon the wind, it’s direction and power will determine how you will proceed. One who is dependent upon God will also need to move in His direction and under His power to be successful. The problem is, we are often in a hurry and we want things done now.

I’m learning how to read the signs so as to catch the wind. When I’ve read them correctly, I’m sailing. The same is true with following God. Are you reading the signs? Think about it.

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13 comments :

Anonymous said...

Get your head out the clouds and get a job

Mike Hunt said...

In the spring time I see the wind blow the trees, It must be the Easter bunny running by.... In the summer I feel the wind blowing across my deck,It must of been Superman flying by.... In the fall the wind blows the leafs across the yard, Must be Batman and Robin driving by... The the winter the wind blows the snow into drifts, It must of been Santa and his flying reindeer passing by....

When I let my life be guided by the wind of my imagination and subject others to my silly little thoughts I think gee i'm too grown to believe in these things... Then the wind blows my hair from left to right and I think That must be god blowing hot air in my face....

Anonymous said...

I am soo happy you never quit your Think about it columm despite the negative comments. When I try to follow God's way my life is awesome and full of joy!!!! I have had lots of miracles and surprises along the way!!! Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Mike hot air in your face try your Butt

Anonymous said...


Apparently some people have never
felt the peace that passes all understanding! Knowing God and enjoying seeing him in all the beauty we can behold each day fills my heart with joy. The flowers, the green earth, a child's smile and laughter. I agree with you post 8:04, keep up the good work and keep posting.
Gives me something else to smile
about as I praise God for his love.

Anonymous said...

What does the Bible say about scoffers?!

God Bless, Mike Hunt!

Sadly you don't even understand the prolific example you are....

Anonymous said...

These are deep topics. To accept the Deity is not to eschew scientific or humans earthly quest for knowledge or context for miracles. To wit, about a year ago a comment on here encouraged Pastor Knefley to put the dildine phenomenon in perspective. He did so. With eloquence. Perhaps the one who made the request prayed for such a result. Was the dildine column an answer to prayer? Would Pastor Knefley or anyone else even know it, if it was? I do not accept the tenant, "Ours is not to question...." I think ours IS to question. Ours is not to JUDGE. I would say that, in Biblical terms, to render human judgment for sinful transgressions would be borderline or outright hanus. At times we must as an organized society meet out consequences but we do not have the wisdom or right to ultimately judge.
Think about it.
PS: Can that dildine column ever be reprinted?

Ann DeHaven said...

All experiences of life have something to teach about God's wondrous ways. This is, once again, good food for thought. It's refreshing after so much of what we read is directed to belittling others. Lots of insecure people out there. So thank you! Oh and thanks also for the 48 plus years you have productively contributed to the work force, and are now able to enjoy your well-earned retirement.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the people in Oklahoma who also felt the wind as it destroyed their homes and tragically killed some people want to blame that wind on god too???

Anonymous said...

Dildine is not a word.

Anonymous said...

Watch the Science Channel or The Weather Channel then you will understand how wind happens!

Anonymous said...

A sickle is for weeds...

Anonymous said...

12:52 heinous not hanus.