Navigating life is sometimes a rather tricky thing to do. What do you do when the unexpected occurs? Do you have a plan in place or a guide that you immediately turn to? Life, like the sea, can harbor dangerous hazards along the route and it is important to know experts that can help. This past week it was reported just how dangerous a day at the beach can be, even in situations where it is totally unexpected.
CBS News, along with multiple other news agencies, reported this week that an 8-year-old boy was rescued after drifting almost a ½ mile out to sea off the coast of North Carolina on a unicorn pool float. The boy was playing on the float while it rested on the sand when a strong wave pulled the float into the water. The wind quickly swept the boy and float out to sea before help could arrive as the oversized float served as a sail. The parents called 911 and rescuers saved the boy after expertly navigating to him in a boat. What seemed like a simple fun day at the shore turned into a frightening situation for both the boy and his parents. They needed experts to guide their son back safely.
Navigating dangers call for the use of expert guides to keep people safe. I recently learned that even in our world today with all the technology that is available that when a large ship enters a harbor it takes on board what is called a harbor pilot. A maritime pilot is a sailor who through expert navigational training maneuvers ships through dangerous or congested waters such as a harbor or river mouth. They possess knowledge of the particular waterway such as the depth, currents, and hazards that technical equipment just can’t match.
This person knows the harbor from the front to the back, the inner workings of it, and where possible dangers lie. They know the direction of the tides and currents and how strong they are. When the harbor pilot comes on board, they take control of the ship and give the orders to the captain who continues to steer. This navigating expert is an outside agent brought in to make sure the ship docks safely.
We all can use a navigating expert as we sail through life. So, it is a good thing that God loves us so much that believers hold that navigating master within us, the Holy Spirit. He knows us inside out and where the potential dangers in our life lie. If we will fully trust Him and allow Him on board, He will take control and guide us safely through the hazards of the earth so that we can dock safely on the shores of eternity. He is the only guide we need.
The Perfect Guide
God the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit to fill our lives with love and enable us to live by their power while navigating life. We need help in life and expert help at that. Because we are weak and without resources, there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. We needed a rescuer and so Christ came to help us understand the love of God. The Holy Spirit now helps us be guided through life every day. It is important to remember that in our daily life whether filled with troubles or not that we have a helpmate available. A being from God that will guide us through the dangerous waters of life.
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.Romans 5:5 (NLT)
Accepting Christ and the Holy Spirit means that we belong to God and will receive all His benefits. The Holy Spirit guarantees that salvation is ours and that we will receive so much more when Christ returns. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us comfort and power to live and navigate the world. This is God’s first installment of the benefits of our eternal life. In response, it is our duty of holding this privilege to identify ourselves as His faithful servant letting others know that we belong to Him as we are navigating life.
Accepting, and Utilizing the Navigating Expert
As we accept and utilize the power of the Holy Spirit, we develop eternal values instead of worldly values. This allows us to share with others about Christ and how it is He, alone, that can help us all see life from an eternal perspective. As we boldly speak out for Christ we mold and pattern our lives to become more like Him. When we are certain of our eternal destiny, we are freed to serve and devote our life to what really counts as we hold no fear of death.
The Holy Spirit guarantees that we belong to Christ and that He will do what He has promised. Recognizing the Holy Spirit in us demonstrates the genuineness of our faith and proves that we are a child of God securing eternal life. The Holy Spirit works in us to transform us now and this is just a small part of the total change that we will experience in eternity.
Won’t you utilize the expert guidance of the Holy Spirit, giving Him full navigating rights over your life? Allow your convictions to see clearly that through your belief in Christ, you are guaranteed that you belong to Him. Find your motivation in your transformation to share your knowledge of Christ with others so they too may experience a transformed life. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that the Holy Spirit is just another example of the extreme love God holds for you. The Holy Spirit is like a form of a “down payment” on the promises of eternity filled with much greater things than the imagination allows.
Happy Father’s Day!
Love in Christ,
The presence of the Holy Spirit is the keystone of all our hopes.John Nelson Darby
What are your thoughts?
Do you fully utilize the navigating expert of life, the Holy Spirit, in your day to day experiences? Share your thoughts on the need for a navigation expert in the world we live in and how the Holy Spirit helps you.
Credits Lewis, S. (2019, June 11). News - 8-year-old boy rescued after drifting half a mile out to sea on unicorn float. Retrieved from CBS News: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/8-year-old-boy-rescued-after-drifting-half-a-mile-out-to-sea-on-unicorn-float-oak-island-north-carolina/