April 27, 2016
In Fall of 1992, Michael Plant took off on a solo voyage from the United States to France in his yacht. He was a yachtsman with unparalleled skills. His sailboat, which he named Coyote, was state of the art. He’d installed an emergency position-indicating radio beacon that was capable of sending signals via satellite that would spot his exact location if any trouble arose. He seemed superbly prepared, but eleven days into his voyage, he disappeared without notice.
Everyone knew that Plant was an independent man, so they assumed that no news was good news. Yet the bad news was that the Coyote had gone down. Days passed before the yacht was found, and when they did find it, the craft was floating upside down with no sight of its captain. What made this so strange was the fact that sailboats don’t flip over. There is always more weight below the water line than above it which enables it to weather most storms. When the Coyote was retrieved they discovered a 4-ton ballast missing from the keel, which would have made the sailboat top-heavy and unable to handle the turbulent waters.
We often don’t take seriously what’s below the waterline, the part of our lives that isn’t seen by most people. I’m talking about the soul. The condition of your soul will cause you to either overcome or be overwhelmed by the storms of life. And we don’t usually know just how strong that weight is until the storm hits. Unfortunately, we often are so busy hoisting our sails and putting furniture on the deck and forgetting to pay attention to the weight underneath. We are more disciplined with the gym and the workout videos than we are our regular quiet times of prayer with the Lord. We evaluate what we’re going to wear that day more than we consider the attitude in which we carry that day. We delight more in our meals than in feeding our minds with truth from God’s Word.
We can get by many days without concerning ourselves with what’s below the deck. But there’s no doubt that when the storm hits, everyone will know. Someone will get hurt really bad. But you can avoid that, if you tend to your soul.