Pleasure Boats or Useful Vessels!


Just Some Food For Thought!

I couldn’t help just taking a snap-shot of the above sign that I came across recently.  It made me smile!  I am just adding it here as I have been on quite a strict healthy-eating, weight-loss diet for a few weeks now & was today just having a slightly emotional wobble (sorry guys, we women do have such wobbles occasionally!) when I found myself rather recklessly putting into my supermarket trolley the “forbidden items” of a fairly large pizza & a tub of exceedingly delicious ice-cream!!!  Gosh, and no children at all to blame anymore!!!

Anyway, upon arriving home there was no messing about, I was straight away into that ice-cream tub!!  Yummy…. Delicious… wonderful moment!  – I will get back on the healthy-eating, no ice-cream-allowed diet again tomorrow I can assure you!

Ice Cream Temptations!

A very pleasant stroll

However, just prior to that I had taken a stroll down by the sea front & was praying & pondering life, as is my way, when I had stopped & noticed some old rowing boats pulled up on the shore.  They looked mostly in a state of disrepair, although I realised later, that some were probably used simply to get out to the larger boats that were anchored in the water.  So I lifted my eyes to gaze out into the estuary in the distance & noticed that there were some seaworthy vessels bobbing rather scenically upon the water out there.  I continued casually on my walk that then  happened to take me alongside a boating pond where I noticed people in the pleasure-boats taking a trip around the small island as a way to pass the time on a sunny afternoon.  All very pleasant indeed!  That is when I thought about life being a little like these three different types of boats or vessels.

A vessel useful to the Lord


I thought to myself that I would like to be a vessel that was sea-worthy & fit for some purpose of usefulness to the Lord God.  I didn’t want my life to be like the disused (or little used), rather ramshackle looking vessels left to rot on the shore.  Nor did I want my life to be merely for the entertainment of myself or others as were the pleasure-boats on the pond.

I then recalled that the Lord Jesus Christ had called as his disciples some men whose trade was that of fishermen.   He said to them “Follow Me & I will make you fishers of men”.  They were called to leave their boats in order to be useful vessels themselves for God’s Holy Spirit to indwell that they could speak to many about the wonderful Good News that Jesus had taught them & filled them with.

I think these three boats will keep on “speaking to me” as I continue my journey of life.  It is so very easy to want to “put ones feet up” as it were & to settle into a state of somnambulant complacency in life.  To stay on the shores, to not push oneself off the beach out into the deep water, where we may be a little “out of our comfort zones”.  It is so very easy likewise to just keep drifting around the same little patch of life, in our “pleasure-boat frame of mind” where everything we think of and do is all about us!

But is life all about ME?

Is life for simply lazing the days away on the shallow shores of life?  Or perhaps could our lives be made just that bit more available for the Lord Jesus and the wind of His Holy Spirit and put at the disposal of the Living God?  Oh, that I could simply answer 100% for the latter, but I have a way to go yet to “die to the pleasure-boat me” & to “die to the couch-potato me” in order to be a vessel that is “poised and ready to obey the Master at any moment”.   This is all about a life whereby we take seriously the commands of Jesus to “die to self” and to “take up our cross daily & follow Him”.  This is about a life spent on a narrow path rather than a broad road.  This I suppose ties in with my Blog’s title, “Grain of Wheat” as the Lord emphasized to me one day the scripture:

“…Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone;  but if it dies, it produces much grain.   He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.   It anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also….”   (John 12:24-26)

So, although I have my weak “ice-cream moments” in the turbulent waters of life, I am also hoping that day by day, & post by post, I can be a vessel of increasing usefulness for the Lord  and maybe even for you too.

God bless


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