Sow & Gather

Is It Time To Throw Your Baggage Overboard?

Vacations/ReunionsMarci AnthonyComment
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Cutting Loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. Acts 27:40 NIV

Do you have a family vacation tradition? Maybe you had a favorite vacation spot as a child where your family would go every year and it became known as your family vacation spot. Every year my family goes to a small town on the Eastern Shore. It’s a sleepy town that was once a bustling port for ships traveling up and down the East Coast. It’s so small it doesn’t even have a stop light. It’s a calm relaxing town that harkens back to the days before technology and the hustle and bustle of urban life. I love it because it’s a great place to lie on the beach and watch the ships go by and do absolutely nothing!

This year in particular my family needed a break. We were spinning out of control with school schedules, sports activities, work commitments, travel, aging parents; just to name a few. Stressed out, run down and ragged is how I would describe our family life at the time just before our breaking point. Paul in Acts 27 describes an account of an actual voyage he took where things didn’t turn out as he thought, but by the grace of God he was saved.

Paul was a prisoner on a ship that had set sail towards Rome on what should have been a quiet and peaceful journey. Instead, it turned into a fight for their lives. Paul warned the crew that the voyage would be a disaster. The crew ignored the warning and when the storms came, the crew fought to keep their course but was driven back. They went so far as to tie ropes around the bottom of the ship to keep it from bulging. They threw important goods and merchandise overboard to lighten their load. Finally, in verse 40 they decided their only hope for survival was to head for shore.

My family was in the middle of a storm. We were trying to hold everything together but life kept pushing us back bombarding us with activities, meetings and commitments. Soon we were so over committed and stressed out that we began to neglect the important things like family time, sleep, and, let’s be honest, God. Summer vacation was like a shining beacon and we couldn’t wait for it to arrive. From the moment we set off on our trip towards relaxation, the stress and all of the baggage we had been carrying was tossed overboard. It was as if the seas of life had finally stopped rocking our boat and we were able to steady our course and set sail for a calmer way of life. Finally, I could sit on the beach,  gaze out on the horizon, and watch the calmness of the waves as they lapped against the shore.

Is your life in the middle of a storm? Do you feel the weight of the world crashing down on you? You may not be able to take a vacation but you can ask God for a break. Don’t be surprised if He suddenly throws what you’ve been holding onto overboard. Just relax knowing that he is in control and you are not. He may even tell you to drop anchor and rest. If he does, stop trying to steer your ship into the headwinds of life and let God guide you instead.

Key Verses |

Acts 27 & 28

Action Item |

If you are in the middle of a storm, ask God to take over your course. 

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for summer, thank you for vacations, and most importantly thank you for reminding us of our “real” priorities. Help us as we navigate life’s course and help keep us anchored in your word. AMEN.

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