Are You Receiving Me?

“Let the wise listen, and add to their learning; let the discerning get guidance” (Proverbs 1:5).
Perhaps you have heard the story of a US Navy captain who was hailed by another officer. “Turn your ship ten degrees north,” the message said.
Annoyed at being told what to do, the captain responded, “No, you turn ten degrees north.”
Back came the message, “Turn your vessel ten degrees north. I am Chief Petty officer Michaels of the Royal Canadian Navy.”
“Well,” roared back the captain, “I am Captain Rogers of the US navy. You turn ten degrees north.”
Presently the message returned. “Captain Rogers, turn your vessel ten degrees north.”
Incensed that a mere petty officer would persist in giving him orders, the navy captain shot back: “Do you know who I am? I am a battleship! Now turn ten degrees north.”
Petty Officer Michaels was not long in responding. “Battleship, turn ten degrees north. I am a lighthouse!”
One wonders how close that million-dollar battleship came to being dashed against a rocky Canadian shore! Sometimes the reason we don’t learn is because we aren’t listening. The captain’s actions are very human. In our pride, we quit listening, and our self-imposed ignorance become dangerous to ourselves and those around us.
Is it time to turn ten degrees north?

One Reply to “Are You Receiving Me?”

  1. I enjoyed this one as so many before. It’s nice to see someone gets their point across with a bit of humor.
    I’ll be adding this link to my FB page today.
    Keep up the good work! I am sure that for every *one who replies, there must be another *thousand or *two who like your articles as well (and all those at Forthright).

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