Rudders Have Other Uses

The Typical Reason for a Rudder

Kayak RudderWe understand that in concert with many factors, a rudder helps a vessel make a turn. You know, ailerons, sails, engines, and a host of other tools are used to make a turn and the rudder is simply a part of the equation.

However, there are other reasons for a rudder.

One, in turbulent conditions, a rudder can keep you headed in a correct direction by applying opposite control against the rough weather you might find yourself in…

Two, and in similar conditions, a rudder can help you in turns without over-stressing the amount of power needed make a direction change. More rudder. Less power required.

Think about it like this… In turbulent conditions we need something to keep our direction appropriately set. Emotions, turmoil, political climate, finances… You name it. Life creates many challenges, and without a rudder our commitment to a certain direction is very difficult. Having the power of a rudder to keep us on the true path should require less power exertion.

It’s almost like having an automatic directional control device focusing us on the correct path with minimal effort!

When I was learning to fly, the mantra of any trip I was on:

Plan your flight and fly your plan.

That way, should you not return on time then it might be easier to locate you should there be an emergency. An emergency. Lost. Not easily found.

The Psalmist cries out to God from the Cave of Adullam (1 Samuel 22:1-2, Psalms 57:1-11)

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me. (Psalms 142:3 NKJV)

Notice his declaration – “…You knew my path…” A flight plan… A rudder keeping you focused on the right direction… God knows where you are. While it is true God knows where you are no matter what is going on, there is comfort in him knowing that where we are is where we are supposed to be… On the right path! And there is comfort that our pathway is known by those around us! He looks to the left and right (verse 4) and there was NO ONE there… Only God…

That rudder is very important! It helps us keep focused even when we are driven by the winds and waves and there is no telling where we are…

He always knows, true, even when you have no clue!


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