Get in or out of the boat!

“The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down.” Matthew 14:32-33

When you have one foot in the boat and one on the dock, your legs will spread and you’ll take a tumble into the water. You need to either get out of the boat and walk or get both legs in and start paddling.

I’ve always found it difficult to board a boat—the bottom of the boat rarely stays still enough for me to get my feet planted squarely. Even though I am a strong swimmer, I’m not fond of taking an unexpected dive into a lake or river—especially if the water is cold.

For years we had a canoe stabilized with Styrofoam pontoons on both sides. The pontoons made it easier to get in and out of the boat and more difficult to tip when someone moved around or when hit by a wake from a power boat.

There is a book in my library called “If you Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat” by John Ortberg. You need to take risks if you want to accomplish anything–and if you fail get back in the boat.

Every new venture in life is a paddle or walk situation. It’s up to us if we want to get out of the boat, float or paddle up stream.

Thank you, Lord, for being the pontoon support to move forward without capsizing. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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