Of Ships and Storms 2


I have been thinking about boats this week.  As I read in 1 Nephi 18, I suddenly thought: “Why is God always telling us about building boats?”

Noah built a boat.  

Nephi built a boat.  

The brother of Jared build a boat.  

Each of them built a boat because God asked them to build one.

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What is the symbolism of building a boat?

As I thought about this, the thought immediately came into my mind that we all have boats to build in this life.  Maybe it is the boat of marriage; that safe haven we create with our companion to travel and protect us from the storms and squalls of the world. Maybe it is a new job or business venture. Maybe it is the ship of our own faith, the ups and downs of belief and doubt.  

I think God expects each of us to build a boat; something that will carry us through the storms of life, will protect us from the storms and rains, and lead us to a brighter, happier place. 

Nephi says:

And the Lord did show me from time to time after what manner I should work the timbers of the ship.  Now I, Nephi, did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build the ship after the manner of men; but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me; wherefore, it was not after the manner of men. 

And I, Nephi, did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto the Lord; wherefore the Lord showed unto me great things.

And it came to pass that after I had finished the ship, according to the word of the Lord, my brethren beheld that it was good, and that the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine…

Now, stop for a minute and replace the word “ship” with another word. It will work with anything you feel needs some work in your life: faith, marriage, new job, children, family.  

Try it:  

“I did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build my marriage after the manner of men; but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me…” 

“I did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build my faith after the manner of men; but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me…” 

“I did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build (insert your choice hereafter the manner of men; but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me…” 

What boat needs some work in your life?

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I have a few boats that need some work. I think the Lord is sending me a message. He is willing to help with the workmanship, the steadiness, and the seaworthiness. He will help me sail through the storms ahead. But, I must do the work.  

He will give me the plans, but the labor is mine.

 

I pray I can create something that will become exceedingly fine.  With His help, I know I can.

Happy Sunday.

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Wife, mother of twins, speaker, and creator of Balm to My Soul.I love to write, speak, sleep, snuggle and, if I really get lucky, inspire and help others. I am clearly imperfect but determined to be a little better every day. Some days are better than others! Thanks for stopping by!
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Wife, mother of twins, speaker, and creator of Balm to My Soul. I love to write, speak, sleep, snuggle and, if I really get lucky, inspire and help others. I am clearly imperfect but determined to be a little better every day. Some days are better than others! Thanks for stopping by!


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