Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sailing Through Life...
She giggled while holding on to the steering wheel of the sailboat, a grin from ear to ear. And quickly that giggle turned into laughter. This was her first time on a sailboat; being encouraged and taught by her Papa (grandfather) how to gently guide us upriver. Her sisters had each been in the same position over the years; each enjoyed the peace and gentle rocking of the boat on the waves, taught by their Dad’s dad how to sail.
Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving as a family in Florida, gathering around the familiar table with most of the family in attendance. We praised God for His faithfulness, asked Him to bless those that couldn’t be there with us, and enjoyed the fellowship of the gift of family. This was Sasha’s third Thanksgiving as our daughter, and she was now experiencing something that I hold very dear – sailing with my Dad.
My Dad taught me how to sail when I still had single digits in my age. A small Sailfish sailboat on the lakes of New England held my skinny frame as he taught me to feel the wind, duck under the boom while tacking, and right the boat after tipping over. As I got older, we raced a 30’ Irwin on the Atlantic Ocean, learning together how to get the most out of a spinnaker or by tightening the jib and mainsail.
As I grew older, went to college, got married, and became a father myself, my Dad has been there with me. He continues to offer guidance on dealing with the changing winds of this life. Sometimes, we journey together, learning alongside each other how to adjust this or that to stay afloat and continue moving forward.
What a blessing to share a hint of this with my daughter. Sasha is going to turn 18 tomorrow. She’s been home with us for 2 ½ years now, and it’s amazing to share her “firsts”, even at this age. She now has her mom, me, and a slew of sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and dear friends to help guide her through the challenges in this river of life. Thank you, Lord, for this blessing – that Sasha has a crew of loving family and guides to help her grow into adulthood.
Show me your ways, O Lord,
teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
My question to you is… who taught (or is teaching) you how to sail through life?
And the next question… who are you teaching how to sail?
Please think about this, make a comment, and thank the Lord for those blessings in your life.