Prayer of Sir Francis Drake
Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
I resonate with this prayer because I know how easy it is to play it safe, or as Drake puts it "sail... to close to the shore." Our call is to live a life of risk. But, left to our own, we won't do that. We will get to comfortable and seek comfort as a place where we seek to live. I commit myself to ask God to disturb me so that I can be used by him in ways that seem so beyond me, because they are. I do not want to play it safe and then be smug in the fact that I realized dreams that were too small. How about you?