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Topic: Fearful (08/23/07)
TITLE: The Captain and the Journey
By Linda Watson Owen
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My captain’s voice is clear and firm as he calls out to me.
“Aye, aye!” I say into the wind that blows from isles unknown
as I hoist canvas to the sky where sails meet ocean’s foam.
For many travels cross the sea I’ve stood upon this deck.
I’ve felt the ocean’s fury, and I’ve seen the seas at rest.
I’ve listened to the captain and obeyed every command.
For he alone knows secrets of the ocean’s ways with man.
Once more we cast into the vast and churning ocean realms.
I know our fate is sure and safe with Captain at the helm.
The ocean lifts and draws us out to meet the deep and wide.
The launching of this journey is a smooth and easy glide.
I smile and wish that all to come would be as calm and sweet,
but I’ve lived long enough to know no journey is complete
until the dangers have been met and each threat weathered through.
For on the sea the hardest foe to face is me and you.
What? Did you think I’d speak of monsters, winds, and raging seas?
Or of the evil hoards of crews that plunder in the breeze?
Ah, yes. You picture scurvied bones or ships with crippled gear.
But, no, the greatest danger is a mind and heart in fear.
Fear is the foe who lies awake while faith and will grow weak.
Fear is the foe who creeps inside and stows away in sleep.
Fear lies and calls the Captain just a pawn of nature’s game,
and fear can pull the proudest heart into its watery grave.
Into the ocean of the deep we sail at Captain’s side.
Will this time be the journey when fear climbs aboard to hide?
Will cheap unguarded moments take our eyes from Captain’s lead
and steer us into panicked flight into death’s crushing reef?
The danger is in you and me. Weak will we can’t afford.
For fear can find a corner in a heart without its Lord.
The tentacles that writhe and grip are cold as ocean’s deep,
but courage through obedience and faith will treasure reap.
So lean into the ocean’s wind. Ready for dangers near,
for we are members of the crew that has no need of fear.
Our Captain is the Lord of all. The sea bows at His feet,
and we are His upon His ship. Our journey He’ll complete.
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