Turning the Ship

The Bible compares the tongue to a rudder on a ship.  A rudder is the small part that causes the ship to go in one direction or another.  It’s amazing really that even a large ship can be turned by a small rudder.

In James 3, we see this comparison.

Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. James 3:4-5

This scripture is what popped in my mind as I was praying about some things on Sunday morning.

I have been weary lately.  This season is usually a very busy one for me.  It is harvest time.  I am putting up corn, green beans, potatoes, peaches, blackberries, blueberries and whatever else I can find.

Beyond the busyness, it is something I can’t schedule.  The beans are ready to be picked when they are ready, not when I am.  Therefore, I am often caught off-guard with a phone call telling me it is time to come and pick beans, or pull corn.  I must hold my plans loosely during this time of year.

Apart from that, work has been demanding as well.  We have started a couple new projects that are taking a lot of time.  I found myself growing tired after trying to juggle all these things.

One problem I have is when I am too busy, I don’t take time to eat consistently.  And if I do it, I grab something quick, which is not good when your body needs strength.

I was praying about all this when God spoke three simple words to my heart.  “Turn the ship.”

Without even thinking about it, I knew what God was saying.  I had to turn and go another direction if I was going to see change I needed to see.

That begins with my mouth.  My words.  It is the words of my mouth that turns my ship the direction I need it to go.  Therefore, I dug out scriptures that talk about strength and energy and began to meditate on them.

Funny thing; as I got my mediation and words lined up, I began to make better eating choices as well.  Though all the weariness didn’t leave immediately, I knew I was going a different direction.

I began to wonder how many times we need to simply turn the ship.

If you are believing God for a great marriage but you are constantly speaking negative words about your marriage, turn the ship.

If you desire your adult children to serve God more passionately, turn the ship.

If your finances are not where they need to be, turn the ship.  Or like me, if your body is not feeling as good as you would like for it to, turn the ship.

Have you ever watched a large ship turn in the ocean?  It seems so slow, doesn’t it?  Yet, it is turning and going a different direction.

So, it is with the words that come out of our mouth, it may seem like a slow change.  However, it is a change and you will see the results of that change, if you keep your words right.  By right, I mean lined up with what God is saying about your situation.

Negative words will hinder your outcome, while speaking God’s word will hasten your promise into manifestation.

His word is so powerful!  It is alive and filled with yoke-destroying, burden-removing power.  Nothing can stay the same when we diligently apply God’s word.

Today, if you feel the need to move in a different direction, begin by turning your ship.  By speaking where you want to go rather than where you are.  It works!  I am living proof.

Meditate on this:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.  Proverbs 18:21

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