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A Sea of Uncertainty

A sea of Uncertainty 


I have sailed on the open sea many times. I love being out of sight of land with the big ocean beneath and the vast sky above. I love night sailing too. On a clear night, the moon and stars are delightful. I sense how small I am in our vast universe. When I look at the wake created by the yacht cutting through the silky sea, it often twinkles with the phosphorescence created by many microscopic plankton.

Occasionally, I love to dive off the yacht into the sea, swimming in the fathomless ocean. I love the waves welling up beneath me, then gently lowering me into the path of the next one. I always warn the crew first, so they can keep an eye on me.

Planning is essential for a successful voyage. The weather, tides, potential hazards, hours of daylight etc, all need to be factored into my planning. My navigation skills include all the fundamentals. I continually check the compass. I look at points on land. At night I look at the pole star and take bearings from lighthouse beams cutting across the sky. I use a Sat-Nav too that confirms my course, speed etc.

I need to know where I am going in life. Sometimes I feel like I have been cast into a sea of Covid-19 uncertainty. “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.”
? Yogi Berra
God has promised to guide us through these uncertain times. ‘The Lord leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in the right paths for His name’s sake.’ (Psalm 23 v 2-3)

Hugh Dunlop, 03/02/2021