Brave ship sails the sea.
Tranquil days and stormy nights.
Voyage for the soul.
In this haiku, the ship represents the soul. The sea is life itself. All of us are on a journey. Bravery and courage are vital virtues that help us along this sea of life.
I believe the sea is a good metaphor for life because water can be calm or stormy just like our daily circumstances. We have easy and good days, but storms can come upon us abruptly. It’s important that our ship is brave and sturdy to make it through rough terrain.
Most importantly, we need a captain to sail this ship. And it’s not our soul. We are not the captain of our destiny and the master of our soul. William Henley wrote a well-crafted poem entitled: “Invictus” where he proclaims: “It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”
While he was a great poet, I disagree with his worldview. God is the master of our fate. God is the captain of our soul. He is the one in charge. When we let him sail our ship, we will make it safely to our final destination. Are you trusting in Jesus to sail your ship? I hope so. Blessings!