“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain
I, like Joline, don't have any sailing experience. But the imagery is quite lovely. I love the quote above by Twain. It paints such a powerful picture of the connection between man and the powerful unseen. For a sailor is ultimately at the mercy of the wind and the sea - a captain of his ship, but merely a co-laborer with the forces of nature. But oh, the adventure.
To give yourself to the leading of the Holy Spirit requires a leap of faith. Let's face it, we often have our own plans; sometimes we are rather fond of our plans, or worked hard for them and letting God redirect us can cause apprehension. Here's something I like to keep in mind with Holy Spirit at the helm - He always wants what's best for us -He's on our side. I find the more I get to know who God is, the more trusting I am when he leads me to do things that remind me of jumping off a cliff.
In my life right now, I see Holy Spirit filling my sails for a adventure in writing. I love writing, and although I dream about releasing stories to the masses, it's really been just a hobby. Right now, the Lord is challenging me to consider what it would look like to really take hold of my time and use it to invest in this passion - and to believe Him that beautiful things could come from this journey. Going after your dreams can be intimidating because what tends to live in the realm of imagination is being pulled into reality - an often bumpy transition.
How do you steward what God is blowing on in your life? If you have favor with certain people or in certain situations, consider why God is blowing you into those situations and opening doors. How can you let your light shine there? How can you expand His kingdom there?
And the question the Holy Spirit has been blowing into my heart of late,
"What are you waiting for?"
He's ready to chase a dream or two. How about you?
"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." Psalm 91:4
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