Let the Wind Fill the Sails!

My friend Jim Martin wrote a book a few years ago entitled Immersed.  He chose the heading “set sail” for one of the chapters, in which he reminisced about hearing the Ray Boltz song “Set Sail” for the first time.

Set sail! The Captain’s calling. It’s time to climb on board. Set sail! There’s room for all and there’s such a great reward. Theres’ not a chance you can fail. Set sail!

Apparently, Jim had a what I call a “song headache” for quite a while after the meaning of those words registered. Months after first hearing the song, he wrote in Immersed:

God has been saying through these words, “Jim, there are places I want you to go. There are things I want you to do. There are oceans which need to be crossed in order to accomplish the work I have ready for you.”

As he worked on his book with a Ray Boltz song stuck in his head, Jim came to the realization, “…the call to ‘set sail’ is Christ’s constant call to every committed believer.”

No way am I going to argue with Jim Martin on that one!  I know Jim has crossed oceans (figurative and literal) in obedience to that call. I also know, because I was there to witness one of them, Jim weathered some daunting cyclones in his sailing.  But I also know there is One who walks on water and calms the storm—One who brings us safely through to the praise of His glory!

For a moment, remember the worst storm of your life. Perhaps you feel it raging around you as you read this.  In 1860 William Whiting wrote these words as a poem for a student who would be sailing for Africa:

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy Word,
Who walked on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our family shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect us wheresoever we go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

You’ve heard these words, set to music: Eternal Father, Strong to Save–The Navy Hymn

If you can look back upon the worst time of your life—or even now in a midst of the tempest, look beyond the present with a view to the eternal—know that “above the chaos dark and rude” the Holy Spirit “bids its angry tumult cease”.  If you have been reading prior posts, you have perhaps begun to understand why you must learn to be in two places at the same time!  As you learn to abide in Him—to rest in total dependence on Him—He will give you everything you need to weather the storms.

There most definitely is a sweet new wind stirring across the Kingdom. Let that wind fill your sails and press on to the deeper waters without fear. Our Eternal Father is strong to save, and He will preserve those who answer the Captain’s call! A mighty rushing Wind is coming! Let the Wind fill the sails!


  1. Am I losing it, or did all the rest of your posts disappear? Thanks and God bless.

    • Mike, the link probably took you to the current day’s post. If you’re not seeing a little faint “older posts” arrow at the top or bottom of the article, try the “archives” button. If nobody is seeing arrows when they only see one post, I need to know because I can see them, but I might need to change the settings. I just hate to have ALL the posts trailing down the page forever, but I sure don’t want them totally hidden!

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