Sailing With The Holy Spirit

It was a calm, windless day. Despite the weather, the members of the sailing club were hopeful they would soon be launching their boats.

Their sails were ready, but … with no wind and only calm waters, no-one was going anywhere!

Some sailors tried to manoeuvre their crafts by paddling into the open water and propelling with their hands, but they soon realised that their efforts were being wasted.

They decided to join the people in the club house and wait for the wind. It was only after several hours that a gentle breeze began to blow and soon people were in their boats.  Now, with full sails, they skimmed out towards the open sea.

This scenario is a reminder of how God and the Holy Spirit can work in our lives.

The Bible sometimes describes the Holy Spirit as a rushing wind and sometimes, like the sailors, we may have to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

There are occasions, from a spiritual standpoint, when nothing seems to be happening for weeks and months on end. During these waiting times we may wonder what purpose God has for us.

The impatient sailors are a reminder to us that we can do nothing without the Holy Spirit. Those sailors soon discovered that without the directing power of the wind, they were wasting their time and energy. It can be tempting for us to think we can go it alone, and not be guided by the Holy Spirit.

The people in the sailing club might have left their boats to do other things, but they were also watching for signs around them of the coming wind. No one was packing up and going home! They were waiting with a purpose.

In our times of stillness and waiting, we can watch for the signs of the Holy Spirit as He works in the Church, within the community and within the global world.

We pray and worship together, and enjoy social times with each other, in readiness for God and the Holy Spirit to move us into the pathway that they have planned for our future.

Our waiting times may have come on us due to various circumstances. The outlook seem to us to not be very encouraging. But God is always with us and He knows what we need now, and how He can use us in the future.

Those sailors on the shore anticipated their time when they could be afloat. Similarly, in our waiting times we anticipate to do the things that God and the Holy Spirit wish us to accomplish!

And the time will soon come when we are guided, prompted, incited and directed by the wind of God and the Holy Spirit and they will always move us in the right direction.

Let’s put up the sails to let God and the Holy Spirit blow afresh into our lives!

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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If Nobody Cared

This little poem has a profound meaning and I’d like to share it with you all:

If nobody smiled and nobody cheered
And nobody helped us along,
If each every minute looked after himself,
And good things all went to the strong,

If nobody cared just a little for you
And nobody thought about me,
And each stood alone in the battle of life,
What a dreary old world this would be!

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Thoughts, indeed, upon which we should deeply ponder!

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Today is a New Day

The film star, Mary Pickford, was known throughout the world as the “World’s Little Sweetheart”.

In her later years, as a statement of her Christian faith, she a wrote book entitled, “Why Not Try God?”

In her book she wrote:-

“Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you.

And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call failure is not falling down, but the staying down.

Wise words indeed!

Do you stay down whenever you fall down?

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God Bless

Geoffrey

I am Blessed

Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely girl, I envied her:-
She seemed so happy. And I wish I were as fair.
And then, suddenly, she rose to leave, and I saw her hobble down the aisle,
She had one leg and wore a crutch, But as she passed, a smile.
Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I have two legs,
I am blessed indeed. The world is mine!

Later, walking down the street, I saw a man with eyes of blue.
But he just stood and the watched the others play.
So, I stopped a moment and then I said, “Why don’t you join the others, sir?”
But he looked ahead without a word.
And then I knew he could not hear.
Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I have two ears,
I am blessed indeed. The world is mine!

And later, I stopped to buy some sweets,
The lad who sold them had such charm,
I talked with him. If I were late, it would do no harm.
But as I turned to go, he said to me, “I thank you sir. You’ve been so kind.
It’s nice to talk with folks like you.
You see”, he said, “I’m blind”

Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I have two eyes,
I am blessed indeed. The world is mine!
With legs to take me where I want to go,
With ears to hear the things I need to know,
With eyes to watch that radiant sunset glow,
Oh God, forgive me when I whine.
I am blessed indeed! The world is mine!

We live to Learn And Learn to Live!

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey