|In our evening meetings
(Squashes) we found out about the fantastic journey that is available to all
who sign on and accept
God's great plan. What a fantastic experience God has for the individual
if only each of us has the understanding, trust &
faith to believe it! And without accepting that plan we are all doomed
to be adrift in the abyss of ordinariness for ever.
When we first arrived, we waited but a short while to get
aboard our boats. The weather was kind, in that there was no rain during
our loading period, and most were able to sail, at least a little, to their
evening mooring place.
Sunday morning was a little different this year and morning
service was held – in the sunshine on the foredecks on a few of
the boats. Prior to this, Palace, America, Lapwing, Lively Lady, Larkspur,
Tempest & Typhoon were cleaned and made
safe for daily inspection.
And so to our first day of Sailing. Potter Heigham beckoned,
and with a phone call to and a little help from the pilot all
motored safely through the very low bridge having first lowered masts.
The day's sail eastward and northward along Candle
dyke, Heigham Sound and Meadow dyke to Horsey Mere, ensured that crew
were fully appraised of all our boats
capabilities. The lowering air temperature gradually added layer upon
layer to everyone's clothing as we tried to stay warm.
Do you know how to get warm? Easy! All the crews squash into
one boat, and really enjoy worshipping, praying, singing,
and listening to God. What He said to each differed, but what we heard
was about the need to opt in to the Great Voyage
of Life, and without that, we by virtue of our very nature become casualties
in the blackness of separation from God. We
Monday morning was windy, but not wet, and the beach was
two miles away. The route was changed a little, because of
footpath closures, and once there the northeasterly wind made inactivity
impossible. It was then decided to spent time sailing on Horsey Mere and
Hickling Broad before returning to our secluded mooring place just off the
Mere for a second night.
God's great plan of salvation and our need to accept the
Air-Sea rescue was explained in our evening squash. What a great
time of teenage worship!!
So much happened on Tuesday. Fish & Chips for lunch,
a broken engine (creating a POW first of towing through the
bridge) and a dash to Upton boatyard, which was our intended destination,
for repairs. All safely motored or sailed in the
cold and extremely gusty winds that had now become the norm. All boats
by this stage had reefed their sails.
We all have to make choices in life and taking on board a
pilot in one of them. For Christians Jesus Christ is that Pilot who
comes aboard by the Power of The Holy Spirit to be there in all our
decision making, and to help us get to know The Great
Planer and Voyage Creator.
Constantly low temperatures, together with showers, some
of which were hail, made life very difficult. Ever played
rounders in a hail storm? But we all survived even the vicious squalls
to reach the incredibly pretty Salhouse Broad. Some,
even found warm showers and a swim on their way. Having also
sailed the expanse that is Wroxham Broad we heard in
our squash of the infinite resource of power and information that has
provided to help us on our journey through life.
More cold wind, more hail showers, some sunshine, between
the showers, and another chance to sail Wroxham Broad
before mooring once again on Salhouse Broad. Faith and Goodness,
Salvation and Truth, Word of God & Prayer, Witness & Testimony, all
are tools to be used in our voyage. To know their use is essential as, surely
we will, encounter rough seas in our Christian Voyage.
On Friday morning we put all the acquired skills in dinghies
to the test in an inter-team Regatta, in which there was much
shouting and friendly rivalry. Our final day, included, for most
a most satisfying sail all the way down The River Bure from
Salhouse to our night mooring on Malthouse Broad. Again we were drenched
from time to time by cold and very cold
Last night is always Spaghetti Bolognaise and Plums and Custard.
And in the squash a reprise of most of the silly song as
well as how to include Jesus in all our stories as we live them out
day by day.
May God be praised for all His goodness. The enduring memory
is of the cold and showery weather and the confidence in
The God who cares to change young lives to experience the Wonder of
the Voyage that God has planned.