Water in the Ship

“All the water in all the oceans can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside.” Eugene Petersen.

Nothing in the ocean of life around us can sink us, unless we let it get inside of us.

When illness comes, or anxiety grips us, or conflict rocks our relationships, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that God doesn’t care. Perhaps He has fallen asleep on us?

We let the water of crisis get inside of us.

When hurt assails our hearts, and disappointments mount, it’s easy to suppose that God has lost interest in us.

We let the water of hurt get inside of us.

When we fail and let ourselves (and others) down, we can so easily believe the lie that God’s interest in us increases and decreases depending upon our spiritual temperature. As if God is a wave in the ocean, tossing and turning in His opinion of us.

We let the water of performance get inside of us.

A ship can’t afford to let water in because the weight of the water will eventually sink it.

What are you letting in? What are you internalising? What weight are you allowing on board your life?

Be careful. Please don’t let it sink you.

“Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that’s where life starts.” Proverbs 4:23 (MSG)

3 Replies to “Water in the Ship”

  1. Amen! This is powerful and it made me think of Jesus who took it a step further and got out of the ship and WALKED ON THE WATER. Christ modeled for us the dominion we have over all of life’s obstacles, all the waves that seek to toss us to and fro. It’s all under our feet and we can walk boldly over it. Praise God


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