As I read a dear fellow writer’s book, Faring Forth Again on the Shoe (by Val Poore), I can easily compare it to life itself. She and her skipper companion continually navigate the waterways and canals from the Netherlands in route to France.
As in life, they cannot proceed on their journey without the skill and mercy of the people who open the locks. If the operators of the locks are not on duty, are running late or if they even feel contrary, all advancement stops. Period.
If we are not shown grace by those designated angel helpers that the Creator has strategically placed, we too are stopped in our tracks. Sometimes, we simply must wait and ride out the tide until the lifts are up and we are allowed to carry on.
Therefore, we learn to communicate, cajole, shuck and jive, so that we can get what we need from those who can delay or stymy our ability to move forth. Those who are wise, learn to talk the language of the people and acknowledge as well as respect their lifestyles, beliefs, and ways of life.
I listen to Val and her friend, Koos, switch languages and truly deal with the temperaments of those that they encounter along the way. They know how to negotiate, banter, and recognize a good bargain when they get one. They have learned how to speed it up or slow it down with the keepers of the terrain as they maneuver their way through visiting lands.
We, too must silently and prayerfully wait for the nod of the head or that gesture which waves us through meaning, “Come on.” All these movements equate a green light which is what we want most as we advance on our paths. Once we have gone through, we can let out a huge sigh of relief. But just as we begin to rejoice, there lies another lock ahead.
Questions begin to swirl. Will the next crew be friendly or cordial? Will it be easy or challenging? We do not know. But we do know that our confidence has grown because are no longer greenhorns. We are more seasoned. We feel more assured that we will know how to cross that next bridge or go through that next lock when we get there!
June 5, 2021