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Pastor's Message

Most people have a good boat story to share. This summer’s Vacation Bible School theme is Shipwrecked. With fun activities and meaningful games, wonderful servants in our congregation will be teaching children about the rescuing love of Jesus, a love that never fails, even when we are lonely, worried, struggling, wrong, or powerless. These boat topics caused me to wonder:  If your life were a boat right about now, how would you describe its sailing? Smooth sailing? Rough seas? Trouble below-deck or with deck-hands? Up a creek without a paddle? Dead in the water? 

What if the Lord came and sat down in your boat saying, “Let’s go this way.” And, what if the Lord adjusted your course and sent a fresh wind to fill your sails and carry you in His direction? That would be great, wouldn’t it? 

Pray for that to happen - because it can – and does!  We can do many things with our boats, but we can’t control the wind. But God can – and does! “The wind blows when and where it pleases, so also the Spirit of God.” (John 3:8) The Lord tells us that His Spirit is a fresh wind ever ready to fill our sails and carry us forward in the precise direction He has in mind for us. Besides, if our boat is really going to sail anywhere good in life, it’s up to God to make it happen. The blessings of His winds are necessary. I encourage you to spend some time talking to God about these things. An old hymn makes for a great prayer of Summer meditation: 

Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
Over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach'rous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee,
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.