Of Seas and Sailors

"Of Seas and Sailors" (c)Gracie K. Harold 2014

“Of Seas and Sailors” (c)Gracie K. Harold 2014

“A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor”

– Kokeshi no. 3

Can I hear an “Amen”?  Obedience is never a guarantee for smooth sailing.  Resistance and heartache and sometimes even hardship usually originate from those who are closest to you.  It’s not because they lack love or concern, but I almost think that sometimes, the ones who are closest to us can get blinded by their honest attempt to help; to make life simpler for us…and they get so wrapped up in it that they fail to see that hardship does not equal disobedience.

For crying out loud, Moses asked Pharaoh to let his people go; and they had to make bricks without straw!  The plagues came upon them soon afterward, some of which were experienced by Moses’ people.  Paul changed the course of his life after a vision, and as a result; he had to sneak out of the city wall in a basket attached to a rope because people wanted to kill him.

In the first year and a half of our marriage, James and I faced 3 moves in 6 months, we had a miscarriage, 3 surgeries, 2 more deaths of loved ones, different health challenges for each of us, and we are completely convinced that we made the right choice to marry each other.  Our kids are thriving, we are thriving.  Life is hard, it’s not meant to be perfect.  We bicker at times, other times we blow it and raise our voice or lose our patience.

 At the end of the day, though, I know that James is here, whether or not we go through choppy seas.  Together, we just keep lifting our eyes above the waves to see the one who is here to guide us through the storm.  We find comfort in knowing that HE is beside us.  When all is said and done, I trust that some of our fondest memories will include the wild seas, and the voyage through them.

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