Sailing to Thankful

Thankful? Absolutely! 

We are just returning from a sailing trip in Guadeloupe. This was our third sail on a small catamaran in the Caribbean, and the best one ever. We joined 4 other couples plus a crew of 4 that we did not know and had never met. By the time we parted 7 days later, it was like saying goodbye to our best friends that I met at summer camp after a week of bonding and sailing the seas. Here is what I learned:

1. Try something new. I ate mussels. And enjoyed it. 

2. Brush. Your teeth daily just to be sure you don't have any parsley (or sand) between your pearlies. 

3. Expand your vision. Put your head below the water line (snorkel or dive), and discover beauty that you cannot see from the surface.

4. Ride the waves. From the womb to the grave, there is comfort in the rhythm of a sailboat as it rocks me to sleep at night and excitement at daybreak as the wind pushes us across the water to new destinations. 

5. Enjoy the rain. Not every day is sunny. Savor the rain drops and allow them to cleanse the soul. 

6. Laugh til you cry. At least once.

7. Trust your shipmates. As I was floating away from the boat, alone in the water and caught in a current that I could not swim through, I knew all eyes were on me. As I let the noodle go so I could grab the hand of the Olympic swimmer, that split moment reminded me that sometimes you have to let things go before you can be saved. 

8. Be still. Look deep into someone's eyes and listen to what they say. 

9. Wear sunscreen. And enjoy the application by your shipmate. 

10. Sunset. As the sun slips below the horizon, trust that you lived this day the way God intended you to.

That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! (Ephesians 1:15-19 MSG) 

Dear Jesus, Help me to pray like Paul. Help me to continue to sail into each day with a trust that is beyond measure. Thank you and Amen! 

Carole Schumacher

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