I spent just under 6 years of my life serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. Over the course of time I heard many sea stories, myths, and legends. One of those stories in particular has stuck with me over time. It is the story of a mighty naval aircraft carrier and its radio communication with that of a lighthouse. The story goes something like this......
Lighthouse: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid collision.
Naval ACC: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.
Lighthouse: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Naval ACC: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
Lighthouse: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.
Naval ACC: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH--I SAY AGAIN, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH--OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.Lighthouse: This is a lighthouse.
It's common for us to choose our destination, get underway, and set the course, just to have God tell us that if we don't change our heading we will most assuredly sink. I know this has been the case in my life recently. I have had to submit some things to God that I really didn't want to let go of, and trust the course He wants me to steer will keep me afloat. Although this process has been difficult in the end it will all be worth it.