This is a time of year when a lot of people begin a new venture—quite often, a new adventure. As many of us set sail on the new thing God has called us to, I am reminded of an old, simple prayer, said to have been prayed by sailors and ocean fishermen.

"Almighty God, the sea is so big, and our boats are so small."

With that in mind, I'm sharing a prayer I've titled:

…And Our Boats Are So Small

Sovereign, Absolute Monarch, The One in complete control, You call me to surrender. Why am I so fearful? Why—though I know I am upheld by Your care—am I so convinced I will sink? Is it the height of the waves? Or the loneliness of my little boat? Do I fear that, when it comes down to just You and me it will not be enough, to have only You?

Caught up in "what if," I forget that You have never let me go under. I give into worry, let adrenaline make me tense. I start to sink. The storms rage. The waters rise. All around me, I think I see the little boats of others—broken and battered—seemingly abandoned.

But Master, You are the One to Whom even the wind and the waves have sworn obedience. They cannot carry me anywhere outside Your love and provision. Now, Father, I fling myself on the current of Your care, knowing that even in the wildest storm I am safe in Your arms.

And when morning dawns and the storm has ended, I will discover that Your servants—wind and wave—have followed Your bidding and carried me to the place of service and blessing You had already prepared.

Master, I cast off the bonds that would hold me to the old land, the old life, and I set sail on the great sea of Your will. Come calm or storm, You will give what is best.

marcia-headshot-225x300As a child, Marcia Gunnett Woodard was an avid reader, often disappearing into a book for days at a time. By her late teen years she realized that she wanted to be able to use words to weave a spell that drew the reader into the story, like her favorite authors did. Since then, she has enjoyed trying her hand at a variety of writing forms, including fiction, poetry, and theatre scripts.

Although she still lives less than 100 miles from her birthplace, she has traveled internationally and has shared her thoughts with groups as near as a local university and as far away as Vladimir, Russia.

When she isn't writing, she enjoys camping, traveling, sewing, playing word games, and surrounding herself with family (her husband and their children and grandchildren) and friends (both real and imaginary).

Marcia firmly believes in the power of story. Since learning that the words parable and parabola have the same origins, she considers her writing to be a catapult, using the parabolic arc of story to launch projectiles of truth into walled-off hearts and barricaded minds.

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