I have just returned from a weeks holiday in Samos, a Greek island. Warm, sunny, relaxing and an interesting variety of craft out on the water.
As i watched, I reflected that the variety of boats speak about the different approaches to the Christian life.
There was the yacht, with its sail up and a sailor experienced at catching the wind.
There was the yacht but with its sail down and the outboard motor moving the craft. The sailor had chosen to go fast but not to use the wind.
There was a Hobie Catamaran with an instructor with the sailor, teaching them
There was the motorboat, choosing speed over stability, rushing over the waves and ignoring the wind.
There was the windsurfer, who gets on, balances, catches the wind, goes fast then falls off. They get back on and the whole process is repeated and repeated and repeated until they are too tired to continue.
And lastly. there were the 2 kayaks: one with one person paddling, going at their own pace, in control of speed and direction and working hard, but not using the wind. The other had 2 people aboard, sometimes working together inn a rhythmn and achieving speed and distance, but sometimes, paddling in an un-co-ordinated way and ending up going round in circles.
As I watched and took photos, I asked God which one was nearer my journey as a Christan.
Which one are you?