At times when things are going well, life is smooth sailing. At other times we are faced with stormy seas and feel hopelessly adrift. The storm-tossed occasions make us wonder where our lives are going, or how to take the next step with restored confidence. But if we fix our eyes on the right reference point so that when life's waves toss us back and forth, we can find our course with confidence.
The only hope a sailor has of surviving a storm and navigating an ocean is to have a fixed reference point that enables him to discover where he is and where he is heading. The first navigators kept in sight of land, using familiar landmarks. When mariners dared to push beyond the sight of land, they still needed to find a fixed point of reference. So they looked to the heavens. As knowledge grew and celestial navigation developed, the primary reference point for navigators in the Northern Hemisphere became the North Star Polaris.
Modern Technology has changed the process. Now electronic navigation and GPS are used. But the principle remains the same. The reference points for the GPS are a network of satellites that send out signals, which a receiver then uses to compute latitude, longitude, and even altitude. Those satellites have precisely fixed and reliable orbits.
Our North Star is God revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ. We possess the words and works of Jesus in the Bible. In it we can hear his voice. We stand at the cross and wonder at the depth of his love. We stand before the open tomb and recognize his power. We have His Spirit living within us to personalize His presence. He is the fixed point, the North Star or, to use His description of Himself, "the bright and Morning Star".
Our North Star enables us to live well. This is true whether we are in relatively familiar waters with familiar landmarks comfortably in sight or we find ourselves in uncharted waters with nothing visible on the horizon. It is our focus on Christ that will keep us on course.
Have you ever been in rough seas or even a car accident, and you have been hit and tossed around. When you finally stop and try to get your barring, you feel dazed, unsure, scared, maybe even hurt. Spiritually that happens to us when we go through some rough seas. We feel dazed, unsure what to do next, scared of what might happen and/or hurt spiritually and feel we can't go on. I have been there. I allowed those feelings to overtake my mind and I got discouraged. But when I fixed my eyes on Him(God). And started pointing all my strength towards getting closer to Him, by worshiping Him, Reading my bible and talking with Him, there was a peace that calmed me. Notice I didn't say He calmed the storm. He calmed me in the midst of the storm.
When you fix your eyes on Him, God will bring peace to you in the midst of the storm. Eventually that storm will blow over and the sun will come out.
Lead Pastor @Genesee Road Church of God.