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On Course
Excerpts of the article by Sandy Snavely (from
More Stories for the Heart, compiled by Alice Gray)

M y husband Bud and

I love to sail. When the
water is calm and the wind is
stable, sailing is a profoundly
thud, the danger of beating a
hole into the fiberglass in-
Bud then did the most fright-
called to obey. It went against all
my instincts, but as I heeded
Bud’s command, I was able to
get us back on course. Bud fas-
rich experience. Yet there are ening thing I’ve ever seen him do. tened the anchor into its holder,
times when the water turns evil With neither a life jacket nor a life- and we were once again headed
and the wind breathes terror line, he made his way forward to in the right direction.
through our veins like an invis- the point of the bow, leaving me We both learned a valuable
ible enemy. in the cockpit to man the tiller as lesson that afternoon: Danger
One day, a sea condition ap- he retrieved the anchor. lurks around every corner, and
propriately known as a Wave after angry wave we can be distracted from our
“widowmaker” interrupted our crashed over him. Steadying my real goals, tempted to try to
peaceful voyage. Five- to six- focus on Bud, I immediately be- change the rules to solve what
foot waves slammed against us, gan to plan what I would do to seem to be life’s more immedi-
one right after the other, and we rescue him if indeed he went ate crises.
steadied ourselves for a bumpy overboard. But there are sound principles
ride. The sound of my husband’s designed to bring us safely to our
Suddenly, Bud heard a sound voice shouting to me through the destination, if we are willing to
that appeared to be coming from storm broke the hold fear had on trust them and not be swayed off
the bow. Straining to see forward me: “Get back on course! Point course by sudden fears. We must
through the water that the wind her toward the marker!” be determined to study the
whipped around us, he discov- Prying my focus off of my charts, follow the rules, and
ered that our anchor had be- husband and setting my sights steady the course, or we will end
come dislodged and was bang- back to the marker was the most up over our heads in deep water
ing against our hull. With each difficult order I have ever been when life’s storms hit.

A spacecraft en route to

the moon is off course
90 percent of the time. It’s pulled ow do you know what course to take? How can you tell
back by the earth’s gravity. It’s if you’re getting off course, or if your path is veering off
continually drawn to one side or one way or another from the best way to go? Well, God’s teaching
the other by other forces. But it in the Bible gives the best advice I know of for keeping your life
has a built-in computer that has on course. It talks about what will make you happy—and that is
a singleness of purpose that God’s plan for you.
homes in on the moon. The com- You don’t know God’s plan for your life? Then ask Him, and He
puter is making continual correc- will show it to you. It all starts with letting Jesus come into your
tions to keep the spacecraft on heart, letting Him speak to you and show you His ways of love
target with its purpose and goal. and life. Then you’ll be aimed in the right direction, and God can
Lives are like that. If your eye is keep you on course. He’ll be your Helmsman, and as long as you
on your goal, if you have a single- follow Him, your course will be guided and protected, full of love
ness of purpose, nothing will and fulfillment—and it will take you to Heaven in the end!—
stop you getting to where you are David Brandt Berg
going.—Dick Innes (from How to
Mend a Broken Heart)

R127 GP Faith, perseverance, God’s plan