This morning I read something that has stuck with me through the day that I decided to share with you all. It made an impact on me and so I would like you to share your thoughts as well.
If I understand correctly, old ships were made of wood that was probably new and shiny and neat-looking. Then they were put into the water and off on their voyages and things began to happen. They went through rough storms and calm seas, low and high tide, scraped along the bottom or against rocks. All of these things combined together to make the ship into a beautiful vessel.
I think maybe our lives are like that. The trials we face, the rough spots we go through, the difficult places we find ourselves in - over a period of time, these make us into the "beautiful" person God intends us to be. God uses each trial, each rough spot, each difficult place to smooth out our rough edges and redefine us - turning us from an ordinary "skiff" into a beautiful "yacht".
Recently, I have been somewhat resistant to change the areas that God has been working on me about. I haven't been too thrilled with the storms, and the scrapes and the low and high tide. Somehow I need to get a vision, even a glimpse, of the vessel HE is trying to mold me into. I guess I am just like a lot of other people who have a difficult time learning the lessons that God is trying to teach as HE LEADS us through the storms and rough spots and difficult places.
For the record, I WILL learn and I WILL adjust and I WILL become the vessel HE can use. Granted I may not do that over night but then it took years and years for the ships to become the beautiful vessels that sailed the oceans.