A Long Trip Has Gotten Longer
29 November 2009 | Still On the way to Palau
With great excitement we started out from PNG to Palau. About 1240 N. miles. We figured ten days and hoped to be in by Thanksgiving. Everything went well until... we crossed the Equator and from that day on it all turned to custard, as they say in New Zealand. Winds against us current against us and then Cyclone Nida pops less then a few hundred miles from it. She quickly develops into a super typhoon. Squalls and high winds of 35 knots plus and huge waves. No, not the perfect storm, but for us it was the first heavy weather sailing we have ever done in over 18,000 miles of cruising. Something we have always hoped to avoid. But, we have all the gear and the books on it. Somehow that is not very comforting though because of lacking the experience. But now 4 days after we expected to arrive with still 180 miles to go we have had the experience. Heavy weather sailing is not something I would look forward to again but now with the experience it is not as ominous to us as it was a week ago. Again, it seems, that one of the greatest fears can be the fear of the unknown. But after the experience the fear is quelled and in retrospect was not as bad as one expected. But what did one expect? The Perfect Storm? Who knows what imaginations are conjured up in the place of darkness and unknown. It seems that is still one of the greatest weapons of Satan. Fear! But we are always comforted by remembering that perfect love casts out all fear. There is something to say about the mature, perfect love of God for a tiny little boat with three living souls on board in the middle of the Pacific ocean 1,000 miles from land...His love is real and His comfort is real and His life is real within you...If you know Him. I don't think I would fare as well out here with out knowing Him, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the one who holds the wind in the storehouses of Heaven and directs the lightning bolt to its mark. Yup, it is not chance at all. There is no luck involved and we have no superstition of having to "touch wood" as many sailors do. We have something better. The personal intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ who is the creator of all things and holds all things together including your emotions, intellect and moral in the middle of the storm. The peace of God will always guard your heart (emotions) and mind (thoughts) when the oceans of fears assail you. There are 3 forms of the peace of God. Peace WITH God which comes from having a vibrant living relationship with Jesus Christ through His work on the cross, the peace FROM God which He in His wisdom can give to any person at any time and the peace OF God which is given to those of us who know Him and pray and seek Him in our specific situations. May each of you know true peace....the Prince of Peace...Jesus... Shalom, Clint...sailing on a peaceful moonlight night over peaceful waters in the middle of the peaceful Pacific ocean 180 miles East of Palau.