Monthly Archives: February 2014

Stuck In The Doldrums

Calm on the waters, the whole ocean stills

No waves of destruction, tell me your will.

I’m stuck in Your waters, send wind and I’ll come

My heart beats for more, beats like a drum

 

Peace be still, rebuking the storm,

The winds surely listen, You speak they perform

My spirit is yearning, desire for more

I’m stuck in the doldrums; bring me to Your shore.

 

Can’t move on my own, my breath can’t fill sails.

Blow holy God, Your life making gales

I know You are moving, though the sea remains still

I float on deep waters; I’m stuck in the doldrums.

 

Speak now to me, I’m in between lands

I’m alone with a lion; He’s holding my hand

Speak now to me, I await your command

Although it’s abrasive, I long for the sand.

 

By Kyle Haney

 

My son wrote this poem a couple of weeks ago after being awakened by the sound of high winds in the middle of the night. I had also heard it whistling through the trees that night. I’m used to waking up to a good Texas thunderstorm at certain times of the year, but not to the sound of wind. The next morning, we were talking about it and he told me that as he laid there, listening to it, a word ran through his mind; “doldrums”. He asked if I knew what it meant.

I’ve heard the word before, but didn’t really have an exact definition for it so he explained; it’s a nautical term that describes the absence of wind. When sailors get caught “in the doldrums”, they can be stranded for days, weeks and even months at a time because there is no wind to propel them toward land. Can you imagine??? Just being…. no motion, no wind. You’re just …there.

Most of us are familiar with the easy and peaceful silence of being with someone we’re very familiar and comfortable with. On the flip side though is that awkward and uncomfortable silence that happens when we’re with someone and we have NO IDEA about what to say. That kind of silence has the potential to be painful.

 Isn’t life like that sometimes? Don’t we all go through times when we feel like there seems to be nothing happening and we have NO IDEA about what to say or do? I’m not talking about boredom and I’m not talking about that peaceful easiness. I’m not even talking about the kind of stillness you crave after you’ve had a crazy hectic day or week. No, I’m talking about feeling irrevocably stuck, no matter how hard you paddle or how much you kick or how much you huff and puff, you simply cannot propel yourself from your current location or position in life.

Strangely enough, that kind of sounds like the description of a temper tantrum…classic response from someone who isn’t getting their way J (it’s not just for kids!) These are the times when you wonder if you’ll ever get to that…“place” in your life…You know, the place where all the stars will align and everything will just fall into place…I don’t know where or what that is for you, but you do.

My point is not that it’s wrong to have dreams and goals. But it gets really difficult during the waiting and the stillness and the silence…why? Because it feels really uncomfortable! Right? I think the reason is because we feel like there’s some kind of expiration date on our dream. Kind of like the “best if used by…” stamp on the milk in your refrigerator. If it goes past that date, then it’s spoiled and gets thrown out. Not so with the vision or dream in your heart. God put it there, and according to Habakukk, it will happen in His timing.

I love this passage of scripture.

 Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. 4“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.

Habakukk 2:2-4

It’s during these times though that we have a choice; we can have our temper tantrum and find that it won’t make even a little bit of a difference, or we can choose to believe God, knowing that He is the only one who can breathe life into the sails of our situation; trusting that He has promised to fulfill what He has placed in our hearts at the appointed time.

Don’t get distracted. Don’t look at others and make comparisons between their progress and yours. Don’t get distracted by the stillness and quiet when it seems that nothing is going on because it is possible to find contentment in the here and now.

We aren’t in a race to beat the clock or the person running next to us…the milk isn’t about to spoil! As the saying goes, “enjoy the journey”, because right now…today is your destination! When it comes down to it, that dream; that pinnacle you’re looking toward will only serve as another bump in the road…and then it will be back to life as usual.

Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith…  Hebrews 12:2

 Tell me about your thoughts. Do you feel, or have you ever felt “stuck in the doldrums? Please comment in the section below.

Traci


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