January 18, 2010

THE SMILE

This short story always encourages my heart and I thought it might lift your heart today...........

"THE SMILE"


"You might be tossing about in a sea of despair. You might even feel as if your life may crash about you and you will never again be healed, whole or happy.


They say Robert Louis Stevenson told the story first. It's worth retelling: It seems a storm caught a sea-faring vessel off a rocky coast. The wind and waves threatened to drive the boat to its destruction.


In the midst of the terror, one daring passenger, contrary to orders, made his way across the ship. Groping along a passageway, he found the pilot house. There he beheld an intriguing sight; the ship's pilot was lashed to his post. Secure against the raging elements, he held the wheel fast, turning the ship, inch by inch, once more out to sea. The pilot saw the watcher and smiled.


The daring passenger found his way below deck where other passengers huddled. Encouragingly, he said, "I have seen the face of the pilot, and he smiled.... ALL IS WELL."
                                                                                                                   Steve Goodier, Author


There are times we need to hear those words and be reminded "all is well".   My heart is always encouraged and my faith bolstered as I remember that my Pilot smiles in the midst of my raging storm!

The story tells us "The pilot saw the watcher and smiled." I love to think about that.......He never takes His loving gaze off of His child and we must continually focus our gaze upon Him and rest in the comfort of His Smile!!

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,

and He brought them out of their distress.

He stilled the storm to a whisper;

the waves of the sea were hushed.

They were glad when it grew calm,

and He guided them to their desired haven.

Psalm 107:28-30


Pause for a moment and reach out to Him and let His smile minister peace, strength and encouragement to your heart and mind..............His glorious countenance and loving eyes are upon you, always!  Can you see your Pilot smiling at you now?

Sweet Blessings!

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29 comments:

Rose said...

Jackie, this brought tears to my eyes. How beautiful the analogy of looking at God in the midst of storms and "HE SMILES". I really needed to read that today.
Things have been a bit overwhelming of late. My husband is scheduled for surgery on Feb.1 (hip replacement). He has Avascular Necrosis (bone death) and its tough to see this big man reduced to a walker, bent over and unable to do much. I know God is in the midst of the storm, but occasionally, like Peter, we take our eyes off him, when we are overwhelmed. Thanks for the reminder that "sll is well."
Hugs,
Rose

Cathy said...

What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it.

RCUBEs said...

Short but powerful! What an encouragement I heard/read to start my day! Thanks for this. Glory to God! Love and blessings to you.

Debbie said...

Oh I LOVED this. Just what I needed to hear this morning and I am going to remember that story in my mind. I of course KNOW the Lord knows every little detail of things going on, but this was just a good "picture" of it all in my mind. Thanks for sharing it and have a good day. Blessings, Debbie

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

What a great story! I love this!

I just love the picture of God as our Pilot, smiling at us. And then us knowing that everything is OK.

Love to you!

lisasmith said...

I have never heard this story but what a wonderful one that brings great wisdom and encouragement. How I needed reassurance today!

Nana Jul said...

Very encouraging, to know the "Pilot" is smiling at us in our storms. Thank you Jackie..had quite a riptide at work today..kinda sucked me in. I will set my mind on Jesus' smile.
Thanks sweet friend!
Julie

Denise said...

Jackie.. I wanted to share with you something that happened to me a few years back. I was on the back end of a terrible time in my life.. It had been a two or three year struggle and during the struggle I held on to my faith and my actions as a Christian was foremost in my mind. Through it all I refused to retaliate or treat the other people with anything other than love.. It was at the end of the struggle and I lost everything, home and business and land but I did as the Father God asked... It was one evening while sitting alone studying and reading my word I had the strangest feeling that someone was watching.... it was then that I felt HIM smile...... I can tell you that I felt HIM smile...... It brought such joy and peace and contentment to my soul...... HE loves HIS kids..... HE rejoices over us with dancing.......

Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

christy rose said...

What a great story. The smile of the Pilot is definitely reassuring. :)

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

I, too, need a reminder that "All is well." This week is a series of ups and downs, but I feel the ever-present reminder in my spirit that, indeed, all is well.

Thank you, friend.

Jon P said...

Great Post, I haven't seen the face of the Pilot, YET, but my four year old has and I believe every word of it.
Thanks for the sharing this story. It's always a great reminder!!

Deborah Ann said...

Just beautiful, and so encouraging...thanks Jackie! (smile)

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Hey There! Thanks for stopping over today. I hope you get your filing project done. To be honest it feels really good to be organized, I hope it will help keep things a bit more organized.

Great story!

Thanks for sharing

Blessings
Robin

Abounding Treasures said...

What a wonderful story and analogy!

I wanted to thank you for your sweet comment on my blog :o)

Blessings!

An Imperfect Perfection said...

Hi Jackie - thank you for your visit and comment today. I really appreciate it. This is a great story and it brought me some peace, too. Thank you!

Alleluiabelle said...

Sweet & Precious Sister,

This touched me deeply today. To see my heavenly Father's face and smiling at me brings a visual of added comfort and contentment.

You are such a treasure and I want you to know how much I appreciate your stopping by and leaving your heart-filled prayers on my blog. Whenever you stop by it is such a breath of freshness and refreshing. You exude strong faith and that draws me even closer to you dear friend...you are an encourager and such an inspiration to me especially right now with all that we are going through as a couple and as a family.

My prayers continue to be said for you, your daughter and your family. I'm happy that I was able to get by here tonight and leave a comment.

Love you and thank you again dear one.

Big Hugs,
Alleluiabelle

Edie said...

What a wonderful and thought provoking post to ponder Jackie! Oh to see His smiling face. Thanks for the encouragement today!

They call me "Deb" said...

Jackie,
YES! Thank you for the reminder. And I'm smiling back.

Terri Tiffany said...

I was once on a flight home and the plane was rocking badly, I remember the flight attendant saying to me and my young daughter,"Watch my face. If I'm smiling, it's ok." We watched him the whole bumpy way and felt such relief.
Thanks for a great devotional thought to start my day:)

Dianne said...

Love the name of your blog--Dianne

Lisa notes... said...

Just what I needed today! I needed to be reminded that the Pilot is smiling as he sees me because he knows that is well. Thank you for writing this down and blessing us with it. I had never heard it before.

Saleslady371 said...

This is a beautiful story, Jackie, I'm so encouraged! Thank you! Hope you feel my prayers for you and your family.

Hugs,
Mary

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Let me tell you what speaks to me the most about this story...

the pilot being lashed to his post.

That preaches to my heart in profound measure!

Good to hear from you. Hope all is well.

peace~elaine

Julie Gillies said...

Hi there, Jackie,

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. It's nice to see you again!

What a beautiful story. I think what I liked best was the pilot smiling in the midst of the storm. Priceless. It's the perfect picture of Jesus smiling at us in our hardest moments.

Will you be attending She Speaks again this year? I'm planning on it, Lord willing.

Lee said...

Thanks you for stopping by, I will be back to visit when I get caught up...your blog looks great.
Lee

LisaShaw said...

Beautiful sharing Jackie.

The image ministered me for quite a few seconds before I even began reading what you shared.

Thank you for the blessing..

God bless!
Lisa

Nicole said...

God bless you for this. I really needed this today. The Holy Spirit has been sending me messages like this all day long today. He is such an encourager! He knows what I need when I need it.

sonja said...

Isn't that the most comforting picture? To see the 'pilot' and know that all is well. It just brings a wonderful sigh to rest in the knowledge that He is in control.

Blessings.

Sonja

Angela said...

Oh girl, you do KNOW me well..lol.

SIGH...

"I have seen the face of the pilot, and he smiled.... ALL IS WELL."

I almost started to cry when I thought of picturing our Father's face and Him smiling at me right now..

yes, ALL is well in this storm, my Father is smiling...it's going to be ok...
sigh...

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