Envision a Ship Coming In
by Lynda Lambert
People often say, “I hope my ship comes in.”
In other words, they WANT to have something good come to them in some unexpected way. It usually means they need a financial windfall or help with something material they want to come to them. Definitely, this phrase expresses a need in their life and a longing for a quick fix.
The phrase also signifies a person feels helpless and really doubts that anything will change for them. It feels a bit helpless when you hear this longing desire for “somehthing,” doesn’t it? It makes me sad.
There is a universal law known as “SOWING & REAPING.”
When we are in need of a HARVEST, we must first plant the seeds for it.
Without the actions of preparing the soil and planting the seend, there is seldom a harvest.
As I hear a person wondering if their ship will come in, I have to ask:
How many ships did you SEND OUT?
I send out a LOT of ships, so I can live in the expectation that many ships will come in for me. And, just like we ENVISION, they DO come in – or come BACK , in DUE time.
Often my SHIPS come back through the mail. When my husband brings in the mail each day, I ask him: “Did a ship come in the mailbox today?”
What DOES your SHIP LOOK LIKE?
My SHIPS come in the form of CHECKS that arrive by MAIL Some ships come in the form of INVITATIONS to important events that I will enjoy.
Occasionally ships come in the disguise of AWARDS for work I have done in writing and art. That is what I DO, it’s my profession. When I do it extremely well, I get paid with MONEY, FRIENDSHIPS, LOVE, RESPECT, AWARDS, Publications or PUBLIC RECOGNITION.
Ships can arrive in dreams, in the middle of the night. Ships will come in conversations with others. Ideas for new projects or answers to difficult questions we are wrestling with can come unexpectedly.
Ships can be SENT OUT anywhere and at any time.
Ships can COME IN anywhere and at any time, too!
Many years ago, I read a book by a well-known California pastor, Rev. Robert Schuller.
He spoke on reaping a harvest from God for our work. He said to CELEBRATE every award we receive, put those AWARD ribbons and plaques on our WALL and LOOK at them EVERY DAY – to remember that all our harvests come from GOD.
In my art studio, a wall is covered from ceiling to floor with colorful satin ribbons from all over the world – they inspire me to do MORE and they affirm that what I do has been recognized by colleagues in my field. Each award is an affirmation by an expert in my field that my work passed the test and came in as a winner.
Likewise, in my office where I write; the walls are adorned with plaques and framed recognition certificates I have received over the years from organizations I served. My diplomas from universities where I earned 3 degrees push me forward to stay focused on what is important in my pursuit of life-long learning. I plan to do research and share my gifts with others even more in the years ahead. Diplomas are far more than a piece of paper. They are ships that vrought me through years of personal effort and dedication. When I look at them now, I feel like they are anchors that hold my ship fast in any storm and keep me on course.
How about you?
You may have many ships yet to come in but if you have not yet sent them out, you will never be able to say, “My ship came in!”
When your SHIP does come IN, be sure to thank God for it, put the award ribbon or plaque on your wall, cash your checks, see your work in publications, and send off more ships – plant more seeds for an abundant harvest.
And, yes, stand proud and take a bow and pause to recognize your harvest.
OH, I almost forgot to share a ship that returned to me this morning. You can read my wonderful NEWS today at this link:
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Copyright 2016. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.
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Lynda’s newest book, “Walking by Inner Vision” will soon be published.
She is the author of “Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage,” by Kota Press.