What do you observe when you see a sailing ship with its massive sails and webs of ropes? What does each strand do; how does each chord contribute to setting sail?
I couldn’t tell you. I admire the minds that concocted these networks of cables to raise and lower booms and sails. It is enough to see what I can do to be among her crew.
The Rigging for the Spiritual Journey
A number of years ago I was in a “listening prayer” seminar where we were asked to prayerfully listen for a word from God for someone nearby. This image came to mind, and this is what I wrote for the unknown person:
You are the block and tackle:
You are the equipment and rigging to raise the sails; not to put wind into them – but to be used in order that they may catch the wind!
The block and tackle allow an efficiency to raise the heavy sails due to the pulleys that maximize the energy.
Dec 2, 2013
I was caught. I gave a laughter of recognition. Of course – this is me.
I’ve thought about this image many times since that day; and in many ways I’ve seen the way God uses me as block & tackle in the lives of other people. And I rejoice in this role; I relish being the rigging that helps others catch the wind; I am content in being equipped – and – in equipping others to raise sail and be on the journey.
There are others in my life who are ballast – the substance of stability and balance for rough seas. Others have been the sails – who take off on what looks like the slightest of winds, while others serve to rudder the course. All to say, it takes the whole crew to set sail, and each member is indispensable to the task.
In Christ we, though many, for one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5