The Boat — Peter’s Testimony

I owned a little boat a while ago,
And sailed the morning sea without a fear,
And whither any breeze might fairly blow
I steered my little craft afar or near.
Mine was the boat
And mine the air,
And mine the sea,
Nor mine a care.

My boat became my place of mighty toil,
I sailed at evening to the fishing ground,
At morn my boat was freighted with the spoil
Which my all-conquering work had found.
Mine was the boat
And mine the net,
And mine the skill
And power to get.

One day there came along that silent shore,
While I my net was casting in the sea,
A man who spoke as never man before;
I followed Him; new life began in me.
Mine was the boat,
But His the voice,
And His the call,
Yet mine the choice.

Ah!’twas a fearful night out on the lake,
And all my skill availed not, at the helm,
Till Him asleep I waked, crying, “Take
Thou the helm–lest water overwhelm!”
And His the boat,
And His the sea,
And His the peace
O’er all and me.

Once from the boat he taught the curious throng
Then bade me cast my net into the sea;
I murmured but obeyed, Nor was it long
Before the catch amazed and humbled me.
His was the boat,
And His the skill.
And His the catch,
And His my will.

George MacDonald

Sea of Galilee Boat 1898

About the Author
“George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish novelist and poet. Born in West Aberdeenshire, he attended Aberdeen University and eventually became a Congregationalist pastor at Arundel. Rejected by his audiences as lacking dogmatic fervor, he soon gave up his pastorship and turned to writing, producing some 50 volumes. The climate of Italy, where he lived for a while with his six sons and five daughters, favored his frail health.”

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