Let God Steer Us

Admiral Sir Thomas Williams was in command of a ship that routinely crossed the Atlantic. His course brought him in sight of Ascension Island, which was uninhabited most of the time. The island was visited only once a year for the purpose of collecting turtles.

The island was barely visible on the horizon during one crossing, when Sir Thomas felt a great urge to steer his vessel toward it. The closer he came to the island, the greater the urgency he felt. When he gave the order to head for the island, his lieutenant officer respectfully pointed out that such as course change would greatly delayed them. Even so, the admiral remained intent. The inner urging, which he had come to recognize as God’s Spirit inside him, was very strong.

As the ship neared the island, his crew spotted a white flat. “It must be a signal!” Williams concluded. Sure enough, as the ship neared the beach, they found sixteen men, who wrecked on the coast many days before. They were starving and had nearly given up hope of rescue.

In prayer, we are called upon to yield the rudder of our soul to God, so that He might steer us toward His blessings, or to opportunity to bless others.

Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. ~ 2 Chronicles 6:14