Smooth Sailing

EMOTIONAL WELLNESS – Be mindful of how you feel! Engage in mindfulness activities such as yoga and tai chi; talk with your doctor or counselor if you’re feeling blue.

SPIRITUAL WELLNESS – Connect with your spirit! Use ways that are meaningful to you:whether that’s through your place of worship, prayer, or meditation.

One late summer evening when the water on the lake was as smooth as glass, my husband said, “Let’s take the sailboat out.” Wanting to break in the motor on our Kenner Kittiwake, Patriot, it seemed like a good time to accomplish the task. At least we wouldn’t be enticed to unfurl the sail and silently navigate our way around the lake the way we love to do.

When we had finally motored over to the uninhabited side of the lake, the motor sputtered and slowed, then finally quit running. Not only did it quit running, but it could not be resuscitated by anything my husband tried. To add to our dilemma, the warm sun was close to vanishing behind the horizon and there was not a boat in sight.

It was a mere moment later that I saw signs of a light breeze on the water. The ripples were moving ever so slowly in our direction where we sat motionless – like a knick knack in a china cabinet. I calmly told my husband to let the sail out as he continued to tug on the motor. Unfurled, the sail filled with the stealthy, benevolent breeze I saw approaching just moments before.

In short order we were whisked back to our mooring, whereupon the breeze disappeared. Again we sat silently on a piece of glass; more out of astonishment and amazement than because of the lack of a running motor or breeze.

This was one of those magical moments in life. I believe I would have missed it had I been caught up in fighting against our predicament or complaining about what at first appeared to be a misfortune. In the calm where I rested, within and without, I was aware enough to spot the distinctive yet small ripples on the water that promised rescue by a soft, yet sufficient breeze.

Being calm, aware and present in the moment was absolutely necessary to receive this blessing. And the ability to master this calm presence is one of the gifts I have received through the refinement that only age can bring. In other words, I no longer thrash about like I did as a child when learning to swim now that I know I can float. How many magical moments have you missed while in the midst of an outburst over a change in circumstances or a misfortune of some kind? Did a breeze pass you by without notice and leave you stranded?

In times of trouble, I have learned that I am often better off to be still and know that He is God.* Only then can I hear the still, small voice** or see the small, silent ripples that speak to me of hope and rescue from my current circumstances.

Shhhh. Listen for it.

*    “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:16 (NIV)

**  “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:11-12 (KJV)

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” Proverbs 16:32 (NKJV)

YouTube Video: Be Still and Know by Stephen Curtis Chapman

11 Comments

  1. Chelsea

    So wonderful!

  2. Naomi Larson

    Awesome Kathy!!! Thanks for letting me know about your blog!!

  3. I Loved your reading your experience. Even thou I’ve never tried to control, or start a motor, I could see Tim being frustrated, being he was captain. And I could see you Kathy being your grateful self. Thanks for sharing, and your NEW BLOG SITE>>>I love and miss you both………………………..diane

  4. Cindy Rogness

    Wonderful perspective! Thanks!

  5. Oh how true…to be calm and know that God is in control…and to be patient and know that His timing is perfect. Thanks for sharing Kathy 🙂

  6. Thanks so much everyone for your encouraging comments. Make sure to follow this blog to receive new posts as they are posted. Yes, it’s nice to know that God is in control, indeed.

  7. bonnie

    due to the gift of your writting, I felt as thou I were there w/ the two of you! yes, the calm…Im grateful that I know I need it.I hear the whisphers and again, grateful…I look forward to more of your creative,passionate-spirit!

  8. The quote about “the still small voice” is one of my favorite parts of the Bible. As you so gracefully implied,that as we can still our internal turbulent waters, we can then receive the outside calming currents that will steer us to protected places. -Chaplain Karen, of http://offbeatcompassion.wordpress.com/

    • Karen, That’s one of my favorite’s, too. I see you have a blog and I’m anxious to subscribe. Thanks for reading “Refined by Age.” – Kathy

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