Water, in and of itself, is fascinating. Fluid, always moving, interlocked as a body, yet created of individuals, it is able to become, upon command, a totally other substance. As mist, ice, snow, cloud or rain, water is in transition. Moving from one place to another, or caught in a season, it is unified with every other drop of water around it, yet fully unique. This is best evidenced in snowflakes, but a glance at clouds, the movement of mist, or the shapes of ice, and the point is made.
Of all things, to chose water to travel upon, is very nearly laughable. I wonder to myself if – before Adam and Eve were deceived and chose to give Lucifer the dominion on earth which they were created to maintain – water perhaps could be walked upon as freely as Jesus did. Perhaps that ancient longing to be on water stems from a deep memory of how we were originally created to interact with water?
Now, however, being on the boat is a constant balancing act. Today, while trying to maneuver a boat to dock against the wind, I knocked a clothespin loose, and the coffee socks went spinning into the water, only to sink quickly out of sight. Yes, they were old and very well used, but they were practical and much loved. There’s nothing quite like coffee grounds set in a “sock”, in your mug, and boiling watered added. Let that sit two minutes, then lift the sock out, and you’ve got real coffee! The sock is made by twisting strong wire in a circle about the diameter of your mug, and then into a little handle beyond. On to this you sew a cloth bag as deep as the mug. This is the sock. It washes out easily and ours were hanging out to dry when the deep called.
Precious screws, bolts and allen wrenches have also gone where water and gravity place them out of our reach. Thankfully we humans are buoyant and able to swim! Yet, that tension it takes to stay afloat, move against a tide or current, or face waves is the same that the boat faces when it seeks to sail against the wind, create wind, and progress from one body of water to another. Water and wind seem to be forces that we must learn to work with, and live with respect for, in order to succeed.
And then there’s the action inside a boat, when the water and wind outside need to be taken into account! There are reasons why the edge of the table has a ledge, and the shelves likewise. Everything is buttoned down, kept in lockers, or expected to be able to move when the boat does. How small we are in the vast sea of things; how flexible we need to be in the face of water and all it’s complexities.
Amazing, that with all it’s fluid availability, God “placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, He made it an eternal decree, so the ocean cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.” (Jeremiah 5:22)