• Deborah Papabathini

Oh Captain! My Captain!



"O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won."

Do you remember this poem from school? I first read this poem back in high school. Back then, it was just another poem I had to do for English class. But while driving today (yes, I formulate ideas while driving and drinking coffee!) I was randomly reminded of this poem. Obviously I had to read it again, and Oh! The memories it brought back. 

Consider this : 

You're at the airport travelling with your family on that long awaited holiday. You consider every little detail  locking up the house, turning off all appliances, ensure everything is packed, tickets etc. Do you ever wonder who the captain of your flight is? Once you board that flight, you have no choice but to have complete faith in the captain.  There's some unexplainable confidence we seem to have on the captain to safely take us to our destination.  Even through that bumpy turbulence when we briefly panic, clench that arm rest, and start praying; our confidence still lies in our captain.  We know deep down that if he's a captain he has the experience, skill and knowledge to handle this plane through all the hiccups.  Pilots will tell you that their primary concern at all times is the safety of their passengers. Pilots have very harsh repercussions for loss of any lives on a plane they operate. Have you ever watched  the Tom Hanks movie 'Sully'? If you haven't, it's worth a watch. Based on true events, and directed by Clint Eastwood. In the movie Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) makes an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese causing engine failure.  Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Capt. Sully becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite all  the accolades, Capt. Sully faced an investigation that  could potentially have destroyed his career. Imagine how much worse if there were any causalities.

Now consider God, your creator to be the captain of your life. He would and will do anything, I mean anything to keep you safe.  Even through the turbulence, when we have no control or clue on what is happening or why it's happening or when it will all be over but we should and need to continue to have that unexplainable confidence in the captain of our life who knows exactly what to do, way better than you and I. 

When you hit turbulence in the air on a flight, do you go rushing to cockpit to advice the captain on how he should be flying the plane ? Well, then stop trying to tell God, what he needs to do. He created you, and he cares for his creation.  We're only human and we don't know what lies ahead.  This doesn't mean that we don't plan for the future or have a goal, this just means when we plan for our future we should trust in God's bigger plan. 

And when it's all done we can turn to God and say  "O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won."

#Trust #Faith #encouragement

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