“No Boat”

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“No boat.”

We have a beautiful old oil painting hanging above our couch in the living room. We found it in an antique store and it’s the perfect piece for that wall. It’s a picture of large distant snowy mountains with a river flowing from the base of them. There are banks on either side of the river lined with beautiful bright orange trees. The river is glassy still showing the reflection of the trees. Its details and colors are stunning.

When we brought it home, we were showing our two-year-old the picture for the first time, pointing out all the pretty details. After showing him, he just looked at us, pointed at the picture and declared, “no boat!” He saw water and when there is water, there should be a boat. In his little mind, the picture was lacking something important. Almost daily now whenever he sees the picture, he points up at it repeating, “no boat, no boat!”

What we see as beautiful and perfect, he sees as incomplete.

My two-year-old son doesn’t appreciate the stunning brush strokes on the still water, the golden colors of the trees in contrast to the snow caped mountains all under a bright blue sky. His mind doesn’t have the capacity to appreciate the beauty that we see in the picture.

We are not too different from two-year-olds. Sometimes in our limited capacity, we only see what’s lacking in the midst of beauty. You see, we are incapable of seeing the whole picture of our life like God sees it. Where He sees stunning views around us and a path that is woven and designed specifically for our life, we complain of having “no boat” (insert that thing you feel like you need that God is not giving you). We are narrow minded and think we know what we need, when God sees the big picture and gives us what is best.

What we might view as incomplete, God sees as beautiful and perfect.

By Kaitlyn Fiedler

Kaitlyn Fiedler lives near Greenville, SC with her husband and baby boy. She spends her days studying for her seminary classes and simply enjoying her days being a wife, a biological mom, and a new foster mom. She writes regularly about faith and womanhood on her blog: You can also find her on Instagram @kaitlyn_fiedler.

2 replies on ““No Boat””

I recently had several strokes and I now have an incomplete brain and body but I really should always thank God for what I have- most of my physical being and speech and sound mind! I am appreciative of the fact these strokes have not dabilitated me like the “Big One “ last year! I almost always see myself as incomplete and what I lack instead of what God as given me and I still have my life! Thank you for making me realize that today!
I was Jane’s best friend and cannot belive you are a grown Godly women with a beautiful little boy! Boy Aunt Jane would be proud and so would Grandma and your parents!!

Debbie, wow thank you for sharing your story with me. I’m honored that you read my words. You have an amazing perspective- that after what you’ve been through, you’re choosing to trust God and be thankful! Praise the Lord for your testimony and example.

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