The Captain of Your Vessel

Peggy Byland

Read: Deuteronomy 2:1-8

For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness. (v. 7)

As my dog Isa and I rode the ferry from Drummond Island back to DeTour, Michigan, I watched a freighter, traveling south on the St. Marys River, navigate the sharp turn west into the two-mile DeTour Passage to Lake Huron. At times this large vessel seemed to stand still while the bow of the boat executed its turn.

Turning a freighter is like changing the direction of a limousine at a city intersection. Fill this freighter with several thousand tons of cargo in an expanse of 1,000 feet from bow to stern and the limo becomes a stretch limousine with seating for 20! It takes a captain with training and years of experience to steer a barge of this magnitude, not unlike how God guided the Israelites in the wilderness.

Freighters are steered from the rear of the vessel, much like a rear-wheel-drive car. Imagine looking ahead 1,000 feet to the front bumper. So too should our lives be steered from the rear where the Captain, who sees the course of life, can prepare us for the destination ahead. Choosing to steer life from the front, on our own, can take us into rough weather or dangerous areas without a firm destination. We need a Captain in command who will help us navigate the turns of life: a Captain with a Guidebook and a Compass set on the kingdom of God. —Peggy Byland

As you pray, ask the Lord to steer your life according to his Word in the direction of his kingdom.

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