Friday 6 April 2018

Start Again - Set sail on a new adventure


I knew it was God speaking to me at the conference I was attending

I knew He wanted me to set sail on a new adventure

But to be quite honest

I’d had enough of trying to “set sail”  

I was over trying to navigate my way through the storm-driven seas

The “wind in my sails” had been knocked out long ago

With every monstrous wave crashing against my hull

The fierce winds increasing every time I’d start again

Capsizing my little boat, which felt exposed and afloat

Drifting toward nowhere, my mind in turmoil

And my body fatigued from the thought of starting over again


I felt like I was in survival mode

Trying to fix up my broken mast and torn sails

In a desperate bid to find a safe harbour

Adrift in my battered little boat

I really didn’t want to “start again” thank you very much, God

Because every time I had started something

Set a course and opened up my sails ready for the adventure

I’d been washed sideways with the heavy rain and debris

That came with the horizontal hail storms

Crashing my little boat into the jagged rocks and boulders

That had taken out so many other sailors before me 


So, that was that

I was done

“Go find another sailor to set sail on a new adventure, God,” I whispered back 

And then it all changed

A woman at the conference read out a Scripture

Hosea 2:14-15

“And now, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to start all over again. I’m taking her back out into the wilderness where we had our first date, and I’ll court her. I’ll give her bouquets of roses. I’ll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope. She’ll respond like she did as a young girl, those days when she was fresh out of Egypt” (The Message Bible)

I was completely undone
The promise God had given me when I was a young girl

Started to dance around inside my mind

God knew of my Heartbreak Valley

But now He was promising to turn it into Acres of Hope

Was I going to let my little boat sink?

Or was I going to find the determination and innovation

To continue sailing towards my promise?

As I re-read Hosea 2:14-15, I felt God mending my torn and tattered sails

I rested as He got to work with fixing my broken mast

From the huge waves that had hit me like a freight train over the years

In the surrender, He restored me

But now, I was no longer a little broken sail boat, drifting out to sea

Now, I was a strong merchant ship, ready to set sail for a new adventure

And God, not me, was my Captain

Dear friend, I can see your little boat too

It’s been ravaged by heavy rain and violent storms

Your beautiful paintwork is now blistered and peeling

From being exposed to the elements over the years

The tempest that threatened to take you out

Has knocked the wind out of your sails  

But know this


Not in the storm. Not in the darkness. Not while you went adrift.

He knew that the conditions were rough

It’s remarkable that you’ve made the journey this far in your broken, little boat

Believe it or not, God kept you safe in the hurricane

He was your anchor in the storm

Like me, you’ve become lost at sea

And you’re not sure on your exact location

But if you let God become the Captain of your little boat

He’ll turn you into a grand merchant ship

Which will carry the precious cargo of your gift with words

To help other vessels which are lost at sea, find their way home

There are so many stories to be discovered out in the big, open waters

That are beyond the horizon

Stories that need to be told

God’s putting the wind back into your sails, dear friend

So, you can start again and set sail for a new adventure

All you have to do is trust Him enough

And He will become the Captain of your ship   

Wendy xo

Wendy Parker is a wife, mother and creative writer, who's passionate about teaching people how to "turn up the volume on their Faith" 
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  1. God bless you Wendy for your encouragement and blessing today! How we all need to remember God is our Captain and we need to rest in His safe harbors. Love your work xx

  2. Thank you, Wendy--God has a way of 'ambushing' us in the way you experienced at the conference, don't you think? Keep on sailing!

  3. Wonderful insight that many of us experience, dear Wendy. Wishing you a nice stiff breeze in your author sails!


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