The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
~ Albert Einstein
Whether you turn to the right or to the left,
Your ears will hear a voice behind you saying,
“This is the way; walk in it.” ~ Isaiah 30:21
All set to go. The house has been selected for the week of July 4th. We’ll land on Ocracoke in time for the fireworks celebration and the parade. Not to mention the sunset sail and pirate cruise with Blackbeard – or Captain Rob, who owns and skippers the schooner WINDFALL.
An authority on Blackbeard, he is renowned for his nautical tales and was featured in the two-hour History Channel documentary True Caribbean Pirates. National Geographic also produced an audio-visual of Capt. Rob reciting his poem, A Pirate’s Tale, about the only member of Blackbeard's crew to be spared execution in 1718.
The trip to Ocracoke seems settled. Except for one thing. I can find no inner peace about it. Despite all our plans to vacation on the island, something seems amiss. Going away at this time just doesn’t feel quite right to me.
But how to explain that my gut is saying this is not good timing… Postpone the trip? My daughter Abi is so excited about visiting her friend Emmet, Captain Rob’s son and first mate, and has already told him we’ll be there on July 4th for the celebration.
But after much prayer and contemplation I make a final decision.
I tell Abi that we shouldn’t go because Uncle Hayes, who’s recently been diagnosed with cancer, might die while we’re away. For indeed it isn’t a hopeful scene, the cancer already having spread to his bones. And so we stay home.
Then, on the morning of July 4th we learn that a fireworks truck has exploded on Ocracoke Island and all ferry service has been suspended to public travel and limited to emergency personnel only. So we couldn’t have made it onto the island anyway.
As it turns out, Uncle Hayes does die before the end of that week. Which means we’d have had to cut the vacation short to get back home even if the island had been open to tourists.
And after the fire a still small voice saying, I told you so.
What is your most reliable compass in personal guidance?
Trusting your instincts or “inner knowing,” or the “still small voice within?”