When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. Acts 27:13 (NIV)
Finally things look like they are taking shape. A gentle breeze begins to blow in our way. We think it looks favorable and now it will be smooth sailing. But storms are coming. Does it sound familiar? Is it just like us to focus on comforts and pleasure? Do we even go so far as to seek our good fortune before looking to see where the Lord is going? Could the storm also catch us unaware when we are lulled into looking to what we wanted? Could there be more important things to consider than our own comfort?
In his intimate walk with the Lord, the approaching storm is not hidden from Paul. But his words of warning are lost on those who focus on the world around them. God´s plans are revealed to His servant. Others only see a gentle wind and fine sailing. What will we look to today? Will we focus on getting what we want? Will a comfortable breeze make us think we obtained what we wanted? Or shall we press closer to God? Shall we seek to be so near to Him that we can see beyond our smooth sailing and right into what He is working on? If we can walk close enough to Him, will we be better prepared for any storm that may be brewing today?
We are prone to reveling in what we have obtained. But teach us to insist on looking beyond. Let us focus on You and our relationship. Draw us so close that our smooth sailing will be found only in knowing we are with You always we pray!