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A Sailing Parable

Updated on October 8, 2010
Calm Sailing
Calm Sailing
The Old Fisherman
The Old Fisherman

Two friends decided to launch their new boats on the sea. Neither had ever sailed before so it was with great anticipation they prepared for their adventure.

On the wharf the two friends met an old fisherman. They enthusiastically greeted the old man exclaiming what a beautiful day it was to go sailing.  The fisherman agreed, but warned the day could turn ugly in only a few hours and they should keep watch. The older of the two friends laughed pointing out the clear blue sky and lack of aggressive wind. The old man said nothing.

Maps
Maps
Compass
Compass
telescope
telescope

The younger friend however, looked quizzically at the old fisherman and asked how he knew such things. Watch for the signs the fisherman replied. Signs asked the younger friend. Therefore the fisherman began explaining. The older friend scoffed and exclaimed the old one was stealing their day from them. He was going to go and launch his boat, but the younger decided to stay with the old man.

The next day, the older friend was amazed as he watched his young friend check the equipment on his boat. His sails, his oars, the masts to make sure all were in good shape. However when the younger friend took out a series of maps, a compass and telescope the older friend could not hold back his laughter. Why do you need all that, he asked derisively, just use your eyes and you will see where you are going. Look, there is not a cloud in the sky. You are foolishly wasting time by all this preparation. The younger friend ignored his older friend and continued.

Finally, he was ready to go. The old fisherman came to the dock to see them off, and looking at the sky gave a word or two of wisdom before the young friend set off. The older friend scoffed at the fishermen and followed his young friend out of the bay. 

They enjoyed exhilarating sailing as the soft wind gave them a gentle ride on the waves. Nevertheless, the young friend noticed clouds swiftly building up from the east and a stronger wind began to blow. He yelled to his friend to take his oars and bring his boat closer to shore. The older scornfully laughed and said, the wind would turn and he would head home then. He left his younger friend as he rode recklessly with the wind across the waves.

Fog rolling in
Fog rolling in

The young friend began to furl up his sail and maneuver his ship into the swells directing his boat to the calmer shore line. The younger friend sadly shook his head as he watched the fog roll in across the waters knowing his friend would be in great trouble in just a little while. He took his compass out and the maps the old fisherman had given him and began to take steps that would lead him safely home.

Safely Home
Safely Home

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    • daviddwarren22 profile image

      daviddwarren22 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful article ever.

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks rls for coming and giving thought to this parable...may you be blessed with further insight as you continue to ponder God's awesome ways...

      blessings

      UlrikeGrace

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      rls4immanuel 

      8 years ago

      This parable definately spoke to me of the ability of my heart and mind to be so easily deceived by pride. There is so much safety in the humility our God calls us to walk in. Jesus did say, take up your cross and follow me. We need to seek his divine help and "power" to be humble like Him.l

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Amen...Pamela...and I pray He will continue to guide you into His perfect will for you which is our perfect safe place.

      Thanks for stopping in

      Blessings

      UlrikeGrace

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This was a wonderful story or parable really. God's work will always guide us in the safe direction. God Bless.

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I am glad you were blessed by this parable. Isn't that the way parables work...many thoughts on many levels...

      Blessings to you Lynda for stopping in...you have blessed me...

      UlrikeGrace

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      lmmartin 

      8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      A lovely parable full of so many messages on so many levels -- of the spiritual and the physical realms. This is not only a message of the Lord, but also a look at human weaknesses and strengths, our characters and our foolishness. Thank you for this lovely inspiration not only for devotion, but thought. Lynda

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      RevLady! You always bring a smile to my face when I see you...As I was reading your comment I had this picture of Jesus walking on the water towards us in our storm...maybe we see storms all wrong...Not a thing to be afraid of but something to be expectant of Jesus in.

      Bless you today my dear friend

      UlrikeGrace

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      CS, What would we do without the teachings, and direction of the Lord...I'm glad I can check daily, sometimes even moment by moment my compass of the Holy Spirit that I am still on track with God's direction!

      Bless you

      With much love and grace

      UlrikeGrace

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      RevLady 

      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      All praises and glory to God that in His wisdom and love, provided us with clear and specific directions to the City of God. The winds may blow and storms may overtake us from time to time, but as long as we hold on to the divine compass/map, we shall make it home.

      Great hub UlrikeGrace that elevates the spirit and glorifies our Lord. Thank you dear sister.

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      coffeesnob 

      8 years ago

      God's word, my map and compass. Great hub

      be blessed dear sister

      CS

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