Lately, I’ve been maintaining my faith in God with these statements. “The light will dawn!”, “Don’t give up five minutes before the miracle,” and “The captain is on the bridge”.
If some thought, person, or news begins to arouse fear or anger within myself, I take it as a call to bless that thought, person or news. It’s the concern that needs the treatment. So I treat the concern with God. I must believe that the captain is on the bridge and that all will be well.
Years ago while patrolling the Bering Sea on a United States Coast Guard cutter a storm struck. There were a hundred of us on a 378 foot ship being tossed about like a cork. Waves crashed over the deck. Being thousands of miles from land in every direction could have been terrifying to the point of hysteria, but it wasn’t. Everyone reassured one another that the captain was on the bridge and that he knew what he was doing. Even us brand-new sailors chose to agree and believe this to be true.
A belief is more than wishful thinking: it is a magnetic force that attracts according to its nature.
Exactly one year to the month that I had my first experience in those stormy seas I was introduced to an Emmet Fox essay titled, “The Captain Is On The Bridge”. Here is a portion of it;
“The human race is not doomed. The captain is on the bridge. Humanity is going through a difficult time, but humanity has gone through difficulties many times before in its long history, and has always come through, strengthened and purified.
The captain is on the bridge. God is still in business. All that you have to do is realize the Presence of God where trouble seems to be, to do your nearest duty to the very best of your ability; and to keep an even mind until the storm is over.”
“Great peace have they that love the law: and nothing shall offend them.” -Psalm 119:165
This is a promise, both psychological and spiritual, that when I hold to the joyful expectancy (faith) that the light will dawn, I will remain undisturbed and will be of great benefit to others.
When worry and doubt creep back in I affirm, “God brings it about, in spite of my doubts!” Rather than trying to resist or combat my fear, doubt and worry with self-will, this affirmation brings peace through nonresistance. It’s reassurance that I have faith in my faith and trust that “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.”
“Ask yourself, ‘Am I part of the solution to the problems around me, or am I part of the problem?’ If you react with anger or bitterness or fear, you are projecting negative vibrations, and thus you are part of the problem. Unless you want to perpetuate conditions around you, you must change your thoughts about them. Get in tune with God, become synchronized with the divine flow. When you are poised in yourself, you are in a position to project this positive vibration to the world.” -Eric Butterworth
Meditating on Love will always get you synchronized with the divine flow. At any time during your day, even while parked in your car, you can take three deep breaths. Take this time to notice that with each exhale all tension drains from your body and your muscles relax naturally. In this relaxed state acknowledge that the Power within you blesses all. I like to meditate on this truth, “The Power within me is blessing all mankind, and is forever healing all with whom I come in contact.” Do this regularly and you’ll become a center of love and a positive influence in your community.
“You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium's
Liable to walk upon the scene”
-Johnny Mercer, “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive”
Artist Darrell Fusaro is a decorated U.S. Coast Guard veteran and author of, “What if Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?” To learn more about Darrell visit wwwThisWillMakeYouHappy.com