LOST AT SEA
Being battered by ferocious waves and turbulent seas the sailors are slowly starting to give up hope as the sun disappears and the moonlight fails to appear through the storm clouds. All they can see is dark waters and hear the sounds of the waves violently hitting the hull of the ship. The swaying of the boat, being rocked forcefully from side to side, is what lets them know they are still in motion. With no sense of direction, because of a broken compass, and no visibility to guide them, the feeling of extreme helplessness consumes each person aboard the wayward vessel.
From this point on every move is calculated carefully to not increase the chances of losing control of the ship. There are several sailors on watch in the towers to look out for jagged rocks or rouge waves. Precious cargo, above and below the deck, has to be fastened and secured to make sure nothing is lost. All hands are on deck to provide any necessary assistance. This is a matter of life and death.
It is so dark that visibility is limited only to a few inches in front of them. Every moment that passes creates a onslaught of mixed emotions, as the sailors reflect on their families whom they may never see again, dreams they may never get a chance to fulfill, and the thought of life going on without them. Then to make matters worse lightning consumes the sky and the sound of thunder brings forth a powerful cacophony of noise so overbearing that they can’t make out the orders being given to them over the loud speaker. It seems at this point all is lost.
Then in the far away distance there is a small beacon of hope, shinning and breaking through the dark night sky. This tiny beacon is a distinguishing sign that land is near which provides a sense of direction and to the sailors an unlimited amount of faith. Now the impossible seems possible. That tiny light shinning in the darkness is changing the hearts of those who were hopeless to hearts that are hopeful. Who knew one little light could be so powerful?
What in the world does this story have to do with you?
I don’t know about you but I have been through some rough situations in my life. I have been consumed by darkness so severe that I was afraid to take a step forward in fear that I would lose my life. I have been battered by the waves of poor decisions that knocked me from one bad situation to another. I have been drowned by financial burdens and blinded by the glitz and glamor life has to offer. I have been lost.
Now I have found my way and here are some great tips for you to help you find yours if you are in need.
When life has you down, look for the light.
When the money isn’t right, look for the light.
When the kids are going crazy, look for the light.
When the boss has you stressed, look for the light.
When it seems impossible, look for the light.
When they can’t find a cure, look for the light.
When you can’t find a reason to smile, look for the light.
When anything happens that you can’t control, look for the light.
You see in our lives when things get rough we constantly seek for the big, obvious miracle to take place and change our situation. All we really need is just a small beacon of light to change our outlook and give us a fresh perspective. Light can be life changing. You want to know what is even more powerful than seeing the light.
Be the light in someone’s life.
The lighthouse has more power than you will ever know if you don’t take the time to find it for yourself. What small circumstances has changed your outlook on life?
pic from DH613 on flickr