When building a ship it is very important as to what goes below the waterline. A ship builder that has put a lot of time, money and design into what can be seen will probably get a lot of praise from those looking at it. They might want to have their picture taken by it, throw parties on it and enjoy an afternoon boat ride around the harbor. But if the builder has not put much importance on what is below the waterline, what can’t be seen, then it might mean possible disaster for the passengers. As long as the sun is shining, there is a light breeze, and the waters are calm, the ride can be enjoyable and carry with it a measure of security and safety. But when the waves pick up, the winds begin to blow and the storm rages, look out. That ship that looked so good above the water when all is calm, is not looking so safe now in those stormy seas. It is at this point that the owner is wishing he would have spent more time, money and design on what really matters for a ships safety and that is on what is below the waterline.
So it is in our life. So many times we spend the major amount of emphasis on what is above the waterline of our life. Our looks, image, clothing, house and car, how people view us and what they think of us. And while the sun is shining, and the seas of our life are calm, all is good. But when we begin to go through the storms of life, when Satan comes at us (and he will) like a roaring lion, when life struggles begin to surface it is very important what is below the waterline of our life. What we built into our life that is not easily seen or even praised by onlookers becomes very important. The discipline of being in God’s Word, faithful church attendance, prayer, worship, character, integrity, and the discipline to do what is right regardless of the situation is what builds strength for the storms of life, no matter where they come from.
So, on what part of your life are you spending most of your time and energy?