Sr. Helen Prejean offers the following analogy about our relationship with God. She says our relationship is like a boat on a river. “When you begin to seek God, your sail fills up with wind, and your boat is taken to places that you may not expect. But prayer is an essential part of that journey. Your boat, she says, needs not only sails, but a rudder too.” (Taken from The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything by James Martin).
Prayer provides that rudder for our life. Prayer is how we notice God at work in our life, how we become aware of our deepest desires, how we deepen our relationship with God, and how we listen to God. Prayer guides us as our “boat” is taken to unexpected shores. Prayer roots us as we set sail through life. Our hand is on the rudder too. Our hand is responsible for physically turning the boat, but to know the direction to head or to know how to navigate the new waters we are steering towards, we must ask for guidance.
Are we anchoring our life in prayer?
Are we trying to steer without asking for guidance first?