Terry Casales - October 13, 2020
You may feel like you are a very small rudder piloting a large ship. It may seem like with each turn of your wheel, the resistance you feel is more and more intense and more than you can handle. Beloved, know that with the seemingly small adjustments that you are making, the rudder is being turned. Believe Me when I say that you are making an impact in the direction of that ship. The enemy would have you to believe that you will never see a course correction or a turn around in your life because of all of the adjustments that you have had to make in your times of trial.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. - Psalm 37:23 - NKJV
Beloved, be determined to keep turning that wheel. Get ready for I Am increasing your torque so that this small rudder shall turn with more and more ease and you will be able to go in the direction that I have called you to go. Do not focus on the size of the ship that you are steering, but focus on the wheel you are turning and look to Me to lead you. Remember, I have placed you at the helm of that ship for a reason.
Refuse to believe that you are unqualified to pilot what I have given you. The ministry I have called you to begin is much larger than what you can handle so that I can be glorified through it. Remember, the vision I give you will always be bigger than you — but take heart, because I will provide everything that you will need to accomplish what I called you to do.
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” - 1 Corinthians 2:9 - NKJV
Beloved, it is time for you to look beyond the natural realm and believe that I shall do the impossible for you. I Am able to take every one of your weaknesses and increase the torque so that with only a small turn of the wheel you shall see that you possess the power in Me to turn around what has seemed so insurmountable to you. Remember, that in your weakness I Am made strong! You CAN do ALL things through Christ Who strengthens you beloved.
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” - Mark 10:27 - NKJV
God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect. - 2 Samuel 22:33 - NKJV
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9 - NKJV
You shall go in the direction that I have called you to and you SHALL reach your destination in My timing. You shall reach the new land of promise that I will show you.
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them. - Isaiah 42:16 - NKJV
Beloved, the waters ahead may be choppy right now, but know that I will make your way smooth.
As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. - 2 Samuel 22:31 - NKJV
Coming into 2020, many had no idea of the rough waters that would come. Most of us believed that we were ready to weather any storm that would come our way because we were so accustomed to boating on nice, calm sunny days, only to find that conditions can change suddenly.
In boating terms, this year we have been experiencing what is known as “broaching,” a condition in which a boat runs down the crest of a wave, gathering speed, and as it meets the backside of the next wave ahead, buries its bow in that wave. The resistance of the bow hitting the back side of the wave causes the bow to slew around, and the boat to veer sharply off course. To those who have weathered many storms, there's nothing unusual about that, but this is no “usual” storm we have entered into.
It is in the middle of the storm that you discover your own and your boat’s limitations. I believe this is why it is so important to follow the Lord’s leading because you do not want to run ahead of Him. Make sure that before you get ready to take on the rough seas, that this is something that He wants you to step into. Strategy and timing are key in this time.
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! - Psalm 27:14 - NKJV
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility. - Proverbs 15:33 - NKJV
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. - Psalm 32:8 - NKJV
When you enter the storm without God’s direction, you risk losing control of the boat, throwing around your passengers and capsizing your boat. You want to be careful to not operate a boat at too high a speed for the conditions, especially without the general seamanship skills that you need.
It is so easy for us to have so much self-confidence that, because we have been out in rough water a few times, we are now “experienced.” The ocean is one thing that is very unpredictable and it can turn on you when you least expect it.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall [a]direct your paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6 - NKJV
Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart. - Job 22:22 - NKJV
Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life. - Proverbs 4:13 - NKJV
It is important to understand that the effects of wind, waves and currents is not an easy subject to master. This is because waves behave differently under a large variety of different conditions, so that, unless you are familiar with all of them, or at least most of them, then you are not experienced.
This is why it is so important to remain humble and dependent upon God because you only see in part and He sees the end from the beginning. He knows what you can and cannot handle. He has already gone ahead of you. It is important to note that the vast majority of boats are designed for creature comforts, not for rough water performance. Even the best of boats will not prepare you to be able to navigate through rough seas because they are only a tool and what will matter the most will be your knowledge and seamanship skills.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. - 1 Corinthians 13:12 - NKJV
Beloved, the thing you should NEVER do is to go into the storm alone. This is why a captain always has at least one ship mate, in case the conditions turn ugly and beyond what one person can handle, where it will only take team effort to navigate through them safely. He/she knows that this storm is bigger than he/she and that he/she will need many counselors with different perspectives, wisdom, skills and experience that, collectively, will help achieve the common goal of reaching safe harbor.
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. - Proverbs 11:14 - NKJV
God loves you and He is so invested in you that He wants you to partner with Him in what He is doing. Remember, beloved, that you are in a covenant relationship with your Heavenly Father so that wherever you go He goes and vice versa. You are not called to go through this life alone, having to do everything yourself, abandoned and without any help. You are in the most important relationship of your existence with the Creator of the Universe and this relationship is for the long haul.
Remember that you are in relationship with the One with the power to calm the winds and the waves, Jesus. He has never left you and He never will. This is His eternal promise to you.
He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. - Psalm 107:29 - NKJV
26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. - Matthew 8:26 - NKJV