“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear… though its waters roar and foam and the mountain quake with their surging.”Psalm 46:1-3
We put our stern to the British Virgin Islands, our bow toward Nevis, setting sail in the evening so we could arrive in the morning and have all day to navigate the new anchorage. But I panicked. I had a full-scale meltdown that I could not explain. My darling Captain turned the boat around, agreeing that after a good night’s sleep we’d start again in the morning. The next day I felt confident at the helm, singing as I steered. Suddenly, we heard a loud crack. Our mast broke! There it was, dangling by the halyards near the top. The jib tumbled down into the water. I was glad that I ducked in time, because the backstay came whipping by my head with enough force to sever the teak flagpole.
We limped our way back to the island and set the hook. Our trip was over. It would take a great deal of time and money to fix the mast. Still, we praised God that no one had been hurt, that it happened in daylight, and that we were so close to land. We praised Him for being our refuge and ever-present help. The Lord Almighty is always with us, and the God of Jacob is our fortress.
When things don’t go as planned, we can say with David, “But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God’” (Psalm 31:14).