Martin and I have returned recently from a cruise to the Mediterranean to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary this year. I love cruising, waking up in a different port each morning; it’s a fantastic way to see the World! One thing I have to contend with is sea sickness, so I make sure I’m well stocked with tablets before I go. Thank goodness I did; the Bay of Biscay was a bit rough! The usual advice given for those who suffer with seasickness is to stare at the horizon. Sailors say this helps to regain a sense of perspective.
Unfortunately, since returning from our cruise, Martin and I have been through a challenging period in regard to his health. I prayed continually for him to be healed and by focusing on God, I have gained perspective and comfort. The Maker of the horizon knows that sometimes in life we are faced with many challenges which ‘ rock our boat ‘ and make us become fearful and restless.
The writer of Hebrews understood this. He sensed the people’s discouragement; persecution had driven them from their homes. He reminded them that other people of faith had endured extreme challenges and been left homeless. They endured it all with the anticipation of something better.
Our present troubles are temporary, but by gazing at the horizon of God’s promises, this provides the point of reference we need.
Whilst on our cruise, Martin and I attended a Pentecost service conducted by the Captain. During the service he read a powerful poem written by Mother Theresa called “Anyway”. It reminded me that as Christians we should do everything for God.
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
.If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; it was never between you and them anyway.