On a recent cruise that my husband and I took, we visited San Juan, Puerto Rico. We didn’t stay very long, we docked at about 6:30 am or so, but we had to be back at the ship by 1:30pm. We returned to the ship at 1pm just to be safe. Our ship was scheduled to leave the port at 2:00 pm.
Right at 2:00 pm, I heard the ship’s horn. Slowly (so slow that we couldn’t even tell that we were moving) we backed away from the pier, then we stopped. It must have felt like an eternity because I heard the woman in the other stateroom ask her husband, “Is there something wrong with the ship? We’re not moving!” It took nearly 15 minutes to turn the ship in the right direction but we finally were on our way, going ever so slowly out of the bay. About 25 minutes later, we were out to sea and on our way to the next port.
The incident reminded me of our lives. Sometimes our progress seems so slow that it doesn’t even look like we are making any progress, or our progress just stops. Other times we go backwards when we should be going forward; and when we try to readjust and correct our situation then our progress seems so slow and we get frustrated.
The thing is, positive change takes time. If we’ve been doing something for most of our lives, we can’t expect to change “overnight.” If we “backslide” then we need to make a correction and continue going forward. Don’t give up and don’t get frustrated. Be patient with yourself.
If it takes a “long time” to turn a big ship in the right direction, then it will take a long time for us to turn our lives in the right direction. Just remember that all things are possible with God!
Copyright © 2018 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
I am enjoying the Bible series on the History channel. The other night we watched as Joshua led the Israelites around the walls of Jericho. It made me think about the passages from Joshua 1:9 and Deuteronomy 31:8, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go,” “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (NIV). Those Scripture verses have always been very encouraging to me.
I was nervous about my first week of teaching the onsite class probably because I had such an awful experience the last time I taught. It was so bad that it made me wonder if I should have a different occupation. The incident made me think about Acts 19:13-16, and then I thought about Luke 9:40, where it says, “I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”
I believe that terrible class I took on was a task that God did not want me to take. I went into it with my own power and it left me emotionally beaten. It is no coincidence that all this happened a few days before I left for Nepal, and it is no coincidence that while in Nepal I had the dream that said, “You are weak… it will overtake you.”
I was (and still am) weak. I never want to go into another situation without God’s direction and guidance—I want to make sure He is not only with me, but that He has also prepared the way for me. How many times have you done something that God had not sanctioned? Do everything by His power and wait for Him to guide and direct you.
Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti
The other day I thought about how much I relied on a GPS. I used to get lost all the time. It seemed that every time I drove somewhere on my own, I would have to call my husband to get me back on the right road. He finally bought me a GPS so I would not get lost again.
It made me think about how some people go aimlessly through life because they do not have God in their lives. It made me think about driving with a map versus driving with a GPS. We can get very lost with just a map especially if the road we are traveling is blocked or is no longer there, but the GPS can help us find detours and alternate paths. This is similar to what God does— giving us direction, guidance, and a better way to get where we need to go. Proverbs 3:6 tells us, “Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”
How are you finding your way through life?
Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti