Swing shifts, shifting sands, the shift in the wind direction all come to mind with this word but there are shifts in life that can be as hard to navigate as gale force winds in a sailboat. Jesus spoke these words in John 3, “8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” The way we tack into the wind depends a lot on the lessons we’ve had sailing. Some of Jesus disciples were experienced sailors and some were not but all of them were overwhelmed when storms came up on the open sea. Once when Jesus was asleep in the boat and once when he cam walking on the water to them.
Being grounded in the Word is the key part of navigating the storms of life and shifting winds of change. Yet, we are quickly losing the knowledge base and experience of sailors who have really set sail into deep waters. People have come to think that when the time comes they can turn to the Lord and things will all fall into place. Trust me, it is better to be prepared. A gentle breeze is nothing but when the gales of November come early you want to know something about what God does and can do in your life. So one of the shifts to make is to get with others who are sailors in training. Learners navigating the waters of change. Truth merchants that want to trade in knowledge. Try the ship of worship this weekend