Second Wind . . . Patience

What do you do when you are sailing and you find yourself half way to your destination when the wind dies?

On Saturday I had the opportunity to find out.

The short answer is, you wait.

As I sat there by myself in the middle of the lake, I couldn’t help but think about the parallel between sailing and leading.

Many leaders I know get to the middle of their journey and discover they have “lost their wind.”  Often the result is that they abandon ship and end up tarnishing their legacy.

Call it a midlife crisis, a slump, halftime, whatever you want.  Regardless, the results are predictable.  Moral failure, disengagement, relational problems, and an attempt to escape usually are not far behind when the wind dies.

The secret to surviving is patience.  As I sat there alone in the sailboat, I had two choices.  I could either do what my teacher had told me to do and just wait.  Or I could make up my own plan and hope I was smarter than my teacher.

I waited.

Psalm 27:13-14 is a great reminder if you are at a place where you have lost your wind.

The Psalmist writes, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”

If you are stuck and contemplating something crazy, I encourage you to wait, be strong, and take heart.  The wind will blow again, and you will make it back to shore.

I did, and I’m not even a sailor.





Where are you finding it difficult to wait these days?

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Chris Patton

10 years ago

Wow…great series! I especially like this one.
I have been taught (though I do not necessarily practice this!) that the time to work your hardest is when the wind is in your sail. Put in all the time, energy, and effort necessary to max out the wind. However, when the wind dies, this changes.
An absence of wind is not the time to start working harder and stressing out over it. If you are going to take time off, do it then. Rest, re-energize, and sharpen your saw. This will help to prevent some of the problems you mentioned above.
Of course, an absence of wind is not an excuse to get lazy, but working yourself to death is counter-productive when there is no wind. You will just be worn out when the wind returns!
Final point, when the wind dies, look around to make sure you are not the only one without wind. If everyone around you has wind, you may have a different problem that needs to be addressed. However, if no one has any wind, take advantage of the time!


10 years ago

Great thoughts Chris. Thank you for commenting today!


10 years ago

Randy thanks for the great post. Too many times when the wind dies we let ourselves fall into despair. I have found when I make my own plan I usually make a mess of things. When I go with God’s plan things are much better, the wind never dies…


10 years ago

Thanks Jason!

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