Wednesday, June 11, 2008

your personal fleet

Not many of us will command a ship.  My friend, Dan Roper, has had that unique experience as C.O. of the USS Enterprise.  But there are a few ships that we each sail.  We might consider them our personal "fleet".  In the old English a suffix developed to describe a state or condition.  It was originally spelled "scipe" and later became "ship"(ancestor of the modern verb "shape").  It generally is added to nouns like scholar-ship or horseman-ship.  In the old days a lot of adjectives also carried this suffix.  But today only two remain: Hardship and Worship.   The thought occurs that we can sail in these two ships on a daily basis.  The nature of daily experience inevitably introduces hardship in the form of problems, sickness, uncertainty and all kinds of needs (not to mention the problems our sin nature get us into).  It is because of this first "ship" that we need to jump ship and remember "Worship".  Here we can be proactive to keep the Lord centered in our thoughts and foremost in our praise.  When worship meets hardship in battle we still experience conflict and we may suffer damage, but we will emerge victorious.  In this way we develop our Friendship with the Lord.
Proverbs 30:18-19 Three things amaze me,
   no, four things I'll never understand—
      how an eagle flies so high in the sky,
      how a snake glides over a rock,
      how a ship navigates the ocean,
      why adolescents act the way they do.
Rob Smith

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