Calm, in God's Control


Life is never easy. Sometimes, stormy circumstances cause me to fret and worry. I wonder what the future will be. I wonder what others think of me. As I learn... truly learn ... that God is in control, I find my heart resting in His plan.

I have a small sailboat, in which I have scooted about Searsport Harbor a little. Once time, I was having a wonderful time skipping over the sparkling waves, when the wind picked up. I began having a hard time controlling the sail. I was afraid. I knew that one wrong move could throw me into the cold dark water. I made it back to shore, but I was shaken.

Another time, my brother, an experienced sailor, suggested we go sailing on a blustery afternoon. Even though the waves were splashing over my back, I had no fear.

What was the difference?

I felt safe. I knew I was in good hands.
I didn't fear while my brother was in control.

As I learn to trust the Lord with my life, I find that I am not afraid of the waves in my life. My God is in control.


I could not hear
His voice in the hurried
Rush of the day.

With frets and fear
Pushing to the front of
The wild fray.

Buzzers and gears
Clanging, honking, roaring
In frenzied array.

I could not hear
His voice in the hurried
Rush of the day

When moonlight clear-
Ly bathes the world with calm
Soothing sweet saches,

Gentle woodland deer
Feed in quiet pastures
Near their Shepherd stay.

I could now hear
His whispers in the quiet
Hush of the day.

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Barbara Lynn Culler said...

Such lovely and vivid imagery!
I remember being on a sailboat with a group of young adults including a few guys who thought they knew how to sail. At one point, we were going in tight circles-scary!

Anonymous said...

I needed this today.
Thanks, Vonnie.


Jean Wise said...

The sailboat is a wonderful imagery of us and God. Thanks for sharing that today. I enjoyed your "C" word

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer said...

Oh my you lost me at sailboat. Too many memories and lots of them not so calm!
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Marji Laine - Faith-Driven Suspense said...

Great C Word. I certainly need to rest in Him, especially when I can't control what's going on around me. Thanks for the reminder!

Shelley Ledfors said...

I can relate to the brother and sailboat! I went out with my brother on his many times (I posted about it on JOE once) and loved it!

Your thoughts & poem are beautiful! Thanks for sharing this.

Niki Turner said...

Thanks, Vonnie! I NEEDED this! My husband got laid off this month and my boys wrecked a car Sunday morning on the way to church (all are safe and well). Remaining CALM in God's care is my goal right now!


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